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North and South (Norton Critical Edition Series)
Elizabeth Gaskell
0393979083
November 2004
Textbook Paperback
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Book Description
A revolutionary social and political commentary, North and South solidified Gaskell's place in the company of Victorian England's finest novelists. This Norton Critical Edition of her best-selling novel is annotated and edited by preeminent Gaskell scholar Alan Shelston. "Contexts" includes contemporary reviews and correspondence related to North and South, along with the full text of Gaskell's 1850 short story "Lizzie Leigh," which, like North and South, is set in industrial Manchester and deals with strong working women. This topic is further addressed in Bessie Rayner Parkes's essay on Victorian working women. "Criticism" collects eleven assessments of the novel, among them Louis Cazamian's 1904 study of industrial fiction and Hilary Schor's recent study of North and South in the context of discourse analysis. A...


Cranford
Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
0486426815
May 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
This 19th-century classic was characterized by Charles Dickens as "delightful, and touched with the most tender and delicate manner," Cranford presents a sensitive and moving portrait of a Victorian town, captured at a crucial moment of transition in English society. Unabridged republication of a standard edition.


Elizabeth Gaskell
Jane Spencer
0312060580
February 1993
Hardcover
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Book Description
Were women writers helped or hindered by an ideology of womanliness that allowed the good mother to be a writer? This new study of Elizabeth Gaskell's major work, including her novels and her biography of Charlotte Bronte, shows her negotiating her way through the difficulties of being a woman artist in the Victorian period. Her gender, class position and religious beliefs all contribute to the development of a complex author who sometimes appears as an optimistic spokeswoman for her society and sometimes offers a bold challenge to its accepted beliefs.


Lois the Witch
Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
1843910497
Nov 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
Set against the backdrop of the Salem witch hunts, Elizabeth Gaskell’s somber novella reveals much about the complicity of mankind. Foreword by Jenny Uglow. Recently orphaned, Lois is forced to leave the English parsonage that had been her home and sail to America. A God–fearing and honest girl, she has little to concern her in this new life. Yet as she joins her distant family, she finds jealousy and dissension are rife, and her cousins quick to point the finger at the “imposter.” With the whole of Salem gripped by a fear of the supernatural, it seems her new home is where she is in most danger. Lonely and afraid, the words of an old curse return to haunt her. Collaborator and friend of Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins, Elizabeth Gaskell (1810–1865) is a leading figure in...


Further Letters of Mrs. Gaskell
Elizabeth Gaskell
071905415X
November 2000
Hardcover
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Book Description
The reputation of Elizabeth Gaskell is undergoing a renaissance as we enter the new millennium. The variety of her work and the range of her acquaintance makes her one of the most interesting literary figures of her century. This new collection of her letters illustrates the richness and diversity of her involvement in a remarkable range of social and literary activities. Out of the 270 letters included in this volume only 40 have been previously published.


Cranford and Cousin Phillis
Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
0140431047
Jan 1977
Paperback
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An Elizabeth Gaskell Chronology (Author Chronologies Series)
Graham Handley
1403902135
March 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
This chronology sets Elizabeth Gaskell in her historical, social and literary contexts. It focuses on her career as a writer but also underlines her interactive roles as wife, mother, practical and tolerant Christian, radical sympathizer. Graham Handley discusses her early life, her marriage, the beginnings of her writing, the years of achievement, her social, humanitarian concerns, love of travel and its influence, with the balance of domesticity and creativity which is the key to her character.


Sylvia's Lovers
Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
0140434224
Sept 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
A was powerfully moving novel of a young woman caught between the attractions of two very different men, Sylvia’s Lovers is set in the 1790s in an English seaside town. England is at war with France, and press-gangs wreak havoc by seizing young men for service. One of their victims is a whaling harpooner named Charley Kinraid, whose charm and vivacity have captured the heart of Sylvia Robson. But Sylvia’s devoted cousin, Philip Hepburn, hopes to marry her himself and, in order to win her, deliberately withholds crucial information—with devastating consequences.

From the Publisher
Founded in 1906 by J.M. Dent, the Everyman Library has always tried to make the best books ever written available to the greatest number of people at the lowest possible price....


Elizabeth Gaskell's Use of Color in Her Industrial Novels and Short Stories
Katherine Ann Wildt
0761813454
March 1999
Hardcover
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Book Description
Elizabeth Gaskell's Use of Color in Her Industrial Novels and Short Stories presents Gaskell's incorporation of Ruskin's moral theory of color to set the tone in her tales as she illustrates the dreary, monotonous existence of nineteenth century industrial workers. Wildt demonstrates the use of various shades, tints, and hues of color to set moral tone, express character feelings, and to foreshadow events as Gaskell establishes and sustains mood in her short stories, and to a greater extent, in her industrial novels. She points out the use of color for foreshadowing events, expressing character's feelings in defining character in "Mary Barton, North and South," and "Ruth". Focusing on Gaskell's repeated use of the storm cloud motif, Wildt notes its presence on physical and emotional levels to illustrate the bleakness...


North and South
Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
0140434240
June 1996
Paperback
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Book Description
Mary Gaskell's North and South examines the nature of social authority and obedience and provides an insightful description of the role of middle class women in nineteenth century society. Through the story of Margaret Hale, a southerner who moves to the northern industrial town of Milton,
Gaskell skillfully explores issues of class and gender, as Margaret's sympathy for the town mill workers conflicts with her growing attraction to the mill owner, John Thornton. This new and revised expanded edition sets the novel in the context of Victorian social and medical debate. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

From the Publisher
Founded in 1906 by J.M. Dent, the Everyman Library has always tried to make the best books ever written available to the ...


Elizabeth Gaskell: A Literary Life
Shirley Foster
033369581X
January 2003
Hardcover
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Review
"This short and accessible contribution to the "Literary Lives" series...[is] recommended."--T. Hoagwood, Choice


Ruth
Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
0140434305
Mar 1998
Paperback
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From AudioFile
Even though Mrs. Gaskell wrote 130 years ago, her message of gender and class inequality is familiar today. Ruth is a young woman who is orphaned at 15, apprenticed to a dressmaker, seduced and abandoned by a thoughtless lord of the manor. Ruth's troubles could be melodramatic in the hands of a writer less able than Gaskell and a reader less empathetic than Eve Matheson. But Matheson is an actress of great depth. Every character in this production is given a fully rounded persona. Her sensitive reading gives not just a memorable sound for each person, but also a sense of place at every scene change. She hits every high and low point, down to the catch in her own voice at a young woman's loss of her lover. It is those vocal dynamics that keep us glued to the story. J.P. © AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine--...


Elizabeth Gaskell: An Annotated Bibliography of English Language Sources, 1976-1991
Nancy S. Weyant
0810828901
January 1994
Hardcover
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Book Description
Identifies biographies, newly discovered correspondence, critical works, and other bibliographies. An extensive subject index provides easy access to 350 entries.

About the Author
Nancy S. Weyant (BA, American University; MSLS, Wayne State University; MA, Bucknell University) is currently Coordinator of Reference Services at Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania. She is the author of "A Decade of Creativity and Critical Reception: A May Sarton Bibliography" in That Great Sanity: Critical Essays on May Sarton (1992) and "Jacqueline Rose: A Bibliography" in Why War? (1993). While employed at Bucknell University, she edited registers of Bucknell's manuscript collections of W.B. Yeats, William Morris, D.H. Lawrence, and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. She has taught a course on the History...


Mary Barton
Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
014043464X
Apr 1997
Paperback
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From 500 Great Books by Women; review by Jesse Larsen
While Mary Barton is literally a murder mystery, it is also an abundantly detailed and sympathetic view of the nineteenth-century English weaving village of Manchester and some of its people. Mary Barton is young, kind, and beautiful - perhaps dangerously so. John Barton, her hearty and intelligent but grievously uneducated father who "could never abide the gentlefolk," pours fierce love and courage into his family and work. When Mary's beautiful Aunt Esther disappears, her beauty is blamed: "Not but what beauty is a sad snare. Here was Esther so puffed up, that there was no holding her in." Mary's love - for her father, her friends, her charming rich suitor (the son of a factory owner), and his rival, her faithful childhood friend Jem who "loves her above life itself" -...


Elizabeth Gaskell: An Annotated Guide to English Language Sources, 1992-2001
Nancy S. Weyant
0810850060
May 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
A great deal has been written about Elizabeth Gaskell in the last decade. This extensively annotated guide to the literature builds upon Weyant's 1994 work on Gaskell that covered some 350 sources published between 1976-1991. This supplement identifies almost 600 new books, book chapters, journal articles, dissertations, masters theses and honors theses on the life and writings of Gaskell published since 1991.


Wives and Daughters
Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
014043478X
Jan 1997
Paperback
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Book Description
Miss Eyre listened in silence, perplexed but determined to be obedient to the directions of the doctor, whose kindness she and her family had good cause to know. She made strong tea; she helped the young men liberally in Mr Gibson's absence, as well as in his presence, and she found the way to unloosen their tongues, whenever their master was away, by talking to them on trivial subjects in her pleasant homely way. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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To begin with the old rigmarole of childhood. In a country there was a shire, and in that shire there was a town, and in that town there was a house, and in that house there was a room, and in that room there was a bed, and in that bed there lay a little girl; wide awake and longing to get...


Women's Voices in the Fiction of Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865)
Marianne Camus
0773469273
January 2002
Hardcover
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The Life of Charlotte Bronte
Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
0140434933
Mar 1998
Paperback
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From the Publisher
Founded in 1906 by J.M. Dent, the Everyman Library has always tried to make the best books ever written available to the greatest number of people at the lowest possible price. Unique editorial features that help Everyman Paperback Classics stand out from the crowd include: a leading scholar or literary critic's introduction to the text, a biography of the author, a chronology of her or his life and times, a historical selection of criticism, and a concise plot summary. All books published since 1993 have also been completely restyled: all type has been reset, to offer a clarity and ease of reading unique among editions of the classics; a vibrant, full-color cover design now complements these great texts with beautiful contemporary works of art. But the best feature must be Everyman's uniquely low price....


Gothic Tales
Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
014043741X
Feb 2001
Paperback
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Book Description
A portrait inexplicably turned to the wall ... a mysterious child who lives on the freezing moors ... a doppelganger brought to life by a woman's bitter curse. These are some of the eerie elements Elizabeth Gaskell uses to masterful effect in Gothic Tales.

A writer best known for books about middle-class life in country villages and the urban social problems of Victorian England, Gaskell was fascinated by the dualities in women's lives, by the tyranny men wield and the revenge women exact, and by the merging of fact and fiction, not only in literature but in everyday lives. In these nine spine-tingling tales, she adds another layer of intrigue: the abrupt appearance of the supernatural in the most ordinary of settings and the havoc it plays on human frailties.

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Elizabeth Gaskell: Mary Barton-North and South
Alison Chapman (Editor)
1840460377
April 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
In this Readers' Guide, Alison Chapman introduces and discusses the patterns of critical attention that Gaskell's work has attracted across the past hundred and fifty years. Beginning with contemporary press and critical reviews, and treatments by the Victorian and early twentieth-century literary establishment, the Guide sets out a background for the most recent and challenging reassessments of these novels, bringing the reader fully up to date on current critical approaches.

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