Jude the Obscure
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Want to know why Jude is a stonemason? Check out Thomas Hardy's personal history.
Walk the streets and roads that Jude walked. Visit Wessex.
Movie or TV Productions
This miniseries dedicates one episode for each of the six parts of the novel.
This version plays up the steamy side of Hardy's novel, and it features big time British actors like Kate Winslett and Christopher Eccelston.
Articles and Interviews
Hardy draws a little from Column A and a little from Column B. This article breaks down the differences and those spots where the line blurs.
Sue spends a lot of her time asking for forgiveness and looking for sympathy. So does Jude, for that matter. This article breaks down the themes of sympathy and suffering, and highlights some aspects of the novel that the casual writer might miss.
Check out the story of Jude the Obscure in about five minutes in this abridged take on the tale.
Here is a clip from Jude (1996). It's quite dramatic (and also fun at times).
You can stream the entire book, if you like to hear other people read to you (though, you should read it on your own the first time through).
Why yes, there is a hardcore metal (some call it punk, but we disagree) band named after the novel.
Kate Winslett as Sue Bridehead
Need inspiration for an English University town for your next novel? Oxford is a good way to go.