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Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell
Book DescriptionThis Norton Critical Edition of Gaskell's first novel is based on the 1854 Fifth Edition, the last edition corrected by the author. "Contexts" includes letters related to Mary Barton's publication as well as Gaskell's reaction to her harshest critics. Ten contemporary reviews reflect the dual nature of the novel's critical reception: one group valuing its eye-opening moral energy and concern for the suffering of the working classes and the other group taking Gaskell to task for the deceptive implications of her perceived flawed reasoning. A section featuring fifteen illustrations from the novel offers readers the opportunity to explore narrative emphases. "Criticism" collects seventeen major interpretations of the novel's central themes. Contributors include Kathleen Tillotson, Richard D. Altick, John Lucas, Catherine Gallagher, Hilary Schor, Deborah Epstein, Susan Zlotnick, Jonathan H. Grossman, and Liam Corley, among others. A Chronology of Gaskell's life and work and a Selected Bibliography are also included.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780393930634
(213mm x 132mm x 35mm)
Imprint: WW Norton & Co
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Publish Date: 25-Jul-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Elizabeth Gaskell
Cranford, Paperback (October 2013)
The story follows the lives of Mary Smith and her friends, Miss Matty and Miss Deborah, two spinster sisters in the fictional town of Cranford closely modelled on Knutsford in Cheshire, which Mrs Gaskell knew well.
Mary Barton, Paperback (August 2012)
Elizabeth Gaskell's first novel depicts the great clashes between capital and labour, which arose from rapid industrialisation and problems of trade in the mid-19th century. Mary Barton was published in 1848, at a time of great social ferment in Europe, and it reflects its revolutionary moment through an English lens.
Cousin Phillis and Other Stories, Paperback (March 2010)
This representative selection includes five tales of very different kinds written in the 1850s and the longer Cousin Phillis. Immensely readable and sophisticated works of art, they show Gaskell's mastery of the genre, in an edition that celebrates her achievements in shorter fiction and the context in which they first appeared.
Tales of Mystery and the Macabre, Paperback (September 2008)» View all books by Elizabeth Gaskell
Better known as the writer of pioneering social novels, Elizabeth Gaskell also wrote some fascinating tales of the supernatural and the macabre, which are collected here in this volume.
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Author Biography - Elizabeth Gaskell
Thomas Recchio is Associate Professor of English at the University of Connecticut. He is an advising editor of the Encyclopedia of British Writers: 19th Century and of the Encyclopedia of British Writers: 20th Century. His articles on the Victorian novel have appeared in Dickens Studies Annual, Victorian Studies, the Gaskell Society Journal, and Studies in English Literature, among others. His current work, The Cultural Uses of Cranford, examines the various cultural uses that Elizabeth Gaskell's novel has found since its publication in 1853.
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