Jude The Obscure (Thomas Hardy)
First serialised in a magazine, Jude the Obscure was published as a book in 1895. It received much criticism, leading to it being jokingly referred to as 'Jude the Obscene'.
Hardy's examination of 19th-century issues such as education, religion and marriage reflects his constant desire to show the reality of life in Victorian Britain. The turbulent relationships of Jude and the two women in his life, his cousin Sue and his wife Arabella, take the reader on a rollercoaster of a ride that explores the emotions of love and grief as only Hardy can.