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Elizabeth Gaskell - Author

About the Author

Elizabeth Gaskell was born in Chelsea, London, in 1810. Her father was a Unitarian minister and her mother died 13 months after her birth. Unable to raise her himself, her father sent the young Elizabeth to live with her aunt, Hannah Lumb, in Knutsford, Cheshire, in a town she later immortalized as Cranford.
 
In 1832, when staying in Manchester, Elizabeth met and married William Gaskell, the minister of the Cross Street Unitarian Chapel. Most of William Gaskell’s parishioners were textile workers and Elizabeth was deeply shocked by the poverty she witnessed in industrial Manchester. The circles in which they moved included social reformers and both the Gaskells were very involved in charity work in Manchester. Elizabeth started writing after the death of her baby son when her husband suggested it might help her recover from her grief. Her first novel, Mary Barton, dealt with social issues such as poverty and trade unionism. When it was published in 1848 it was greatly admired by other writers such as Thackeray and Charles Dickens, who serialized some of Gaskell’s other work in his journal, Household Words. Elizabeth published many other books, including North and South  and a biography of Charlotte Brontë. She died in 1865 in Hampshire, before completing Wives and Daughters, in a house she had bought as a surprise for her husband. She had intended that they would spend their retirement there.
 

Featured books by Elizabeth Gaskell

Mr Harrison's Confessions

Mr Harrison's Confessions

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/08/2014

The charming and witty prequel to Cranford, Mr Harrison's Confessions is a neglected Gaskell classic with all the period detail, brilliantly drawn characters and a well-knitted plot associated with Gaskell's works. Enjoying the comforts of his well-kept home in middle age, country doctor William Harrison is prevailed upon by his longtime friend Charles, a bachelor, to dispense some advice on the 'wooing and winning' of women's affections. So begin the fascinating and varied recollections of one of Gaskell's best-loved characters. Lured to rural Duncombe by the promise of a partnership in a country practice, William finds himself trapped in claustrophobic provincial life where society is apparently presided over by the scheming of a set of under-occupied middle-aged women. Their supposed matchmaking prowess in fact leaves much to be desired; so much so, indeed, that before long the hapless young physician finds himself betrothed to three women - none of whom is the beautiful Sophy, the woman he truly desires. Chaotic, hilarious and poignant, Mr Harrison's Confessions is a comedy of manners - and of errors - that will resonate with Gaskell aficionados and newcomers alike.

Other books by Elizabeth Gaskell

The Poor Clare

The Poor Clare

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/10/2018

Wives and Daughters (with an Introduction by Adolphus W. Ward)

Wives and Daughters (with an Introduction by Adolphus W. Ward)

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 27/09/2018

Widely believed to be her masterpiece, Elizabeth Gaskell's "e;Wives and Daughters"e; was originally published serially in "e;Cornhill Magazine"e; between August 1864 and January 1866. The work, which was nearly finished at the time of Gaskell's death in 1865, was completed by Frederick Greenwood. The novel's heroine is Molly Gibson, the only daughter of a widowed country doctor in a small town in England. Molly, lonely and motherless, is befriended by the Hamley family, who are landed gentry and therefore above Molly's station, as the daughter of a professional. After returning home to her father, Molly finds that he has remarried. While her new stepmother is petty and greedy, in sharp contrast to Molly's warmth, kindness and innocence, Molly finds a friend and confidant in her new stepsister Cynthia. "e;Wives and Daughters"e;, a classic 19th century romantic novel that follows the daily lives and romantic entanglements of Molly, Cynthia, and their family and friends; is an insightful examination of the constraints imposed by society between individuals of professional versus aristocratic social classes. In turns both heartbreaking and comic, Gaskell's novel will linger with readers long past the final page. This edition includes an introduction by Adolphus W. Ward and a biographical afterword.

Elizabeth Gaskell: The Complete Supernatural Stories (tales of ghosts and mystery: The Grey Woman, Lois the Witch, Disappearances, The Crooked Branch...)

Elizabeth Gaskell: The Complete Supernatural Stories (tales of ghosts and mystery: The Grey Woman, Lois the Witch, Disappearances, The Crooked Branch...)

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 30/05/2018

Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865) was an English novelist, biographer, and short story writer. Her first novel, "e;Mary Barton"e;, was published anonymously in 1848. The best-known of her remaining novels are "e;Cranford"e; (1853), "e;North and South"e; (1854), and "e;Wives and Daughters"e; (1865). Gaskell became popular for her writing, especially her ghost stories, aided by Charles Dickens, who published her work in his magazine "e;Household Words"e;. Her supernatural stories are superior examples of the sentimental ghost tale so typical of the Victorian period. They combine a taste for the macabre with a deeply-felt sympathy for the extremes of female experience.

Cranford

Cranford

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell, Josie Billington Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/05/2018

Designed to appeal to the booklover, the Macmillan Collector's Library is a series of beautiful gift editions of much loved classic titles. Macmillan Collector's Library are books to love and treasure. A rich, comic and illuminating portrait of life in a small town, Cranford has moved and entertained readers for generations. This edition features illustrations by the celebrated Hugh Thomson, and an introduction by Dr Josie Billington, a specialist in Victorian literature. The women of the small country town of Cranford live in genteel poverty, resolutely refusing to embrace change, while the dark clouds of urbanisation and the advance of the railway hover threateningly on the horizon. In their simple, well-ordered lives they face emotional dilemmas and upheavals, small in the scale of the ever-shifting world, but affectionately portrayed by Elizabeth Gaskell with all the weight and consequence of a grand drama.

Mary Barton

Mary Barton

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/04/2018

North and South

North and South

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 22/03/2018

Chios Classics brings literature's greatest works back to life for new generations. All our books contain a linked table of contents.North and South is the most famous novel written by Elizabeth Gaskell.Set in North England, North and South is a critique of English society during the industrial revolution.

Mr. Harrison's Confessions

Mr. Harrison's Confessions

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 22/03/2018

Chios Classics brings literature's greatest works back to life for new generations. All our books contain a linked table of contents.Mr. Harrison's Confessions is a novella written by Elizabeth Gaskell that tells the story of a doctor in provincial England.

Dark Night's Work

Dark Night's Work

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 22/03/2018

Elizabeth Gaskell was one of the most famous writers during the Victorian era. Gaskell's detailed descriptions of British society during her time has made her books of great interest to scholars of literature and history.Gaskell's most famous works include North and South, Cranford, and Wives and Daughters.A Dark Night's Work is a novella that centers around an alcoholic lawyer and his loving daughter who is blind to his many faults.This edition includes a table of contents.

Old Nurses Story

Old Nurses Story

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 22/03/2018

Christmas is the most famous holiday of the year, and the word itself evokes images of Santa Claus, reindeer, snow, Christmas trees, egg nog and more. At the same time, it represents Christianity's most important event, the birth of the baby Jesus. Instantly, well known Christmas carols ring in your ears, pictures of the Nativity Scene become ubiquitous, or maybe you even picture nutcrackers or Scrooge and Tiny Tim.

Christmas Storms and Sunshine

Christmas Storms and Sunshine

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 22/03/2018

Christmas is the most famous holiday of the year, and the word itself evokes images of Santa Claus, reindeer, snow, Christmas trees, egg nog and more. At the same time, it represents Christianity's most important event, the birth of the baby Jesus. Instantly, well known Christmas carols ring in your ears, pictures of the Nativity Scene become ubiquitous, or maybe you even picture nutcrackers or Scrooge and Tiny Tim.

Mary Barton

Mary Barton

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 22/03/2018

Mary Barton was Elizabeth Gaskell's first novel. This edition by Heraklion Press includes a linked table of contents.

Ruth

Ruth

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 22/03/2018

Elizabeth Gaskell's novel Ruth follows the story of an orphan girl named Ruth.Heraklion Press has included a linked table of contents for easy navigation.

Cranford

Cranford

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 22/03/2018

Chios Classics brings literature's greatest works back to life for new generations. All our books contain a linked table of contents.Cranford is a classic novel written by British author Elizabeth Gaskell.Cranford,which was published in Charles Dickens' magazine in 1851, is a collection of stories that portrayed small-town values in 19th century England.

Wives and Daughters

Wives and Daughters

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 22/03/2018

Chios Classics brings literature's greatest works back to life for new generations. All our books contain a linked table of contents.Wives and Daughters is a novel written by Elizabeth Gaskell.The story centers around the life of Molly Gibson, the daughter of a widowed doctor.

Sylvia's Lovers

Sylvia's Lovers

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 22/03/2018

Elizabeth Gaskell was one of the many great British writers during the Victorian era. Gaskell's novels are known for their detailed portrait of British society during her time and are still well read today. This edition of Sylvia's Lovers includes a table of contents.

Life of Charlotte Bronte

Life of Charlotte Bronte

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 22/03/2018

Elizabeth Gaskell was one of the many great British writers during the Victorian era. Gaskell's novels are known for their detailed portrait of British society during her time and are still well read today. This edition of The Life of Charlotte Bronte includes a table of contents.

Moorland Cottage

Moorland Cottage

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 22/03/2018

Elizabeth Gaskell was one of the many great British writers during the Victorian era. Gaskell's novels are known for their detailed portrait of British society during her time and are still well read today. This edition of The Moorland Cottage includes a table of contents.

Cousin Phillis

Cousin Phillis

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 22/03/2018

Elizabeth Gaskell was one of the many great British writers during the Victorian era. Gaskell's novels are known for their detailed portrait of British society during her time and are still well read today. This edition of Cousin Phillis includes a table of contents.

My Lady Ludlow

My Lady Ludlow

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 22/03/2018

Elizabeth Gaskell was one of the many great British writers during the Victorian era. Gaskell's novels are known for their detailed portrait of British society during her time and are still well read today. This edition of My Lady Ludlow includes a table of contents.

Lois the Witch

Lois the Witch

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 22/03/2018

Elizabeth Gaskell was one of the many great British writers during the Victorian era. Gaskell's novels are known for their detailed portrait of British society during her time and are still well read today. This edition of Lois the Witch includes a table of contents.

Complete Elizabeth Gaskell Collection

Complete Elizabeth Gaskell Collection

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 22/03/2018

Karpathos publishes the greatest works of history's greatest authors and collects them to make it easy and affordable for readers to have them all at the push of a button. All of our collections include a linked table of contents.Elizabeth Gaskell was one of the most prominent British writers during the Victorian era.Gaskell wrote many classics that are still read by the masses today.This collection includes the following:NOVELSNorth and SouthCranfordWives and DaughtersMary BartonRuthSylvia's LoversNOVELLASMr. Harrison's ConfessionsThe Moorland CottageThe Poor ClareMy Lady LudlowLois the WitchA Dark Night's WorkCousin PhillisNON-FICTIONThe Life of Charlotte BronteFrench LifeModern Greek SongsTraits and Stories of the HuguenotsCumberland Sheep-ShearersDisappearancesSketches among the Poor, No. 1The Last Generation in EnglandClopton HallSHORT STORIESTwo Fragments of Ghost StoriesSome Passages from the History of the Chromley FamilyCrowley CastleThe Cage at CranfordAn Italian InstitutionShamsSix Weeks at Heppenheim The Grey WomanCurious, if TrueA Fear for the FutureRound the SofaThe Doom of the GriffithsA Visit to EtonHalf a Life-time AgoLizzie LeighCompany MannersUncle PeterMy French MasterMorton HallThe Scholar's StoryBranThe Squire's StoryBessy's Troubles at HomeThe Shah's English GardenerThe Deserted MansionThe Heart of John MiddletonMartha PrestonThe Well of Pen-MorfaHand and HeartThe Sexton's HeroLibbie Marsh's Three ErasRight at LastThe Half-BrothersAn Accursed RaceThe Old Nurse's StoryChristmas Storms and SunshineThe Crooked BranceThe Manchester Marriage (a short story from "e;A House to Let"e; with co-authors Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, and Adelaide Anne Procter)

ELIZABETH GASKELL Premium Collection: 10 Novels & 40+ Short Stories; Including Poems, Essays & Biographies (Illustrated)

ELIZABETH GASKELL Premium Collection: 10 Novels & 40+ Short Stories; Including Poems, Essays & Biographies (Illustrated)

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 21/03/2018

This ebook collection has been designed and formatted to the highest digital standards and adjusted for readability on all devices. This collection contains the complete works of the great Victorian author Elizabeth Gaskell, including novels, short stories, poetry, essays, and a biography of Charlotte Bronte. Introduction:Elizabeth Cleghorn GaskellNovels:Mary BartonThe Moorland CottageCranfordNorth and SouthSylvia's LoversWives and DaughtersA Dark Night's WorkShort Stories & Novellas:Round the SofaMy Lady LudlowAn Accursed RaceThe Doom of the GriffithsHalf a Life-Time AgoThe Poor ClareThe Half-BrothersCousin PhillisCompany MannersMr. Harrison's ConfessionsThe Sexton's HeroThe Grey WomanCurious if TrueSix Weeks at HeppenheimLibbie Marsh's Three ErasChristmas Storms and SunshineHand and HeartBessy's Troubles at HomeDisappearancesLizzie LeighThe Well of Pen-MorthaThe Heart of John MiddletonTraits and Stories of the HuguenotsMorton HallMy French MasterThe Squire's StoryThe Manchester MarriageLois the WitchThe Crooked BranchThe Old Nurse's StoryClopton HouseCrowley CastleTwo Fragments of Ghost StoriesThe Shah's English GardenerThe Deserted MansionA Visit to EtonThe Cage at CranfordSome Passages from the History of the Chomley FamilyThe Ghost in the Garden RoomPoetry:Sketches Among the PoorBranThe Scholar's StoryOther Works:The Life of Charlotte BrontCumberland Sheep-ShearersTraits and Stories of The HugenotsModern Greek SongsAn Italian InstitutionA Fear for the FutureBiography:Mrs. Gaskell and Knutsford by George A. PayneElizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865) was an English novelist and short story writer. Her novels offer a detailed portrait of the lives of many strata of Victorian society, including the very poor, and are of interest to social historians as well as lovers of literature. Some of Gaskell's best known novels are Cranford, North and South, and Wives and Daughters.

Complete Works (Illustrated Edition)

Complete Works (Illustrated Edition)

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 21/03/2018

This ebook collection has been designed and formatted to the highest digital standards and adjusted for readability on all devices. Content:Introduction:"e;Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell"e;Novels:Mary BartonThe Moorland CottageCranfordRuthNorth and SouthSylvia's LoversWives and DaughtersA Dark Night's WorkShort Stories & Novellas:Round the SofaMy Lady LudlowAn Accursed RaceThe Doom of the GriffithsHalf a Life-Time AgoThe Poor ClareThe Half-BrothersCousin PhillisCompany MannersMr. Harrison's ConfessionsThe Sexton's HeroThe Grey WomanCurious if TrueSix Weeks at HeppenheimLibbie Marsh's Three ErasChristmas Storms and SunshineHand and HeartBessy's Troubles at HomeDisappearancesLizzie LeighThe Well of Pen-MorthaThe Heart of John MiddletonTraits and Stories of the HuguenotsMorton HallMy French MasterThe Squire's StoryRight at LastThe Manchester MarriageLois the WitchThe Crooked BranchThe Old Nurse's StoryClopton HouseCrowley CastleTwo Fragments of Ghost StoriesThe Shah's English GardenerMartha PrestonThe Deserted MansionUncle PeterA Visit to EtonThe Cage at CranfordSome Passages from the History of the Chomley FamilyThe Ghost in the Garden RoomPoetry:Sketches Among the PoorBranThe Scholar's StoryOther Works:The Life of Charlotte BrontThe Last Generation in EnglandCumberland Sheep-ShearersTraits and Stories of The HugenotsModern Greek SongsFrench LifeAn Italian InstitutionShamsA Fear for the FutureBiography:Mrs. Gaskell and Knutsford by George A. PayneElizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865) was an English novelist and short story writer. Her novels offer a detailed portrait of the lives of many strata of Victorian society, including the very poor, and are of interest to social historians as well as lovers of literature. Some of Gaskell's best known novels are Cranford, North and South, and Wives and Daughters.

Cranford

Cranford

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 01/03/2018

Gaskell's best-known novel, the subject of a recent movie starring Dame Judi Dench and Simon Woods. According to Wikipedia: "e;Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell ( 1810 -1865), often referred to simply as Mrs. Gaskell, was an English novelist and short story writer during the Victorian era. She is perhaps best known for her biography of Charlotte Bronte. Her novels offer a detailed portrait of the lives of many strata of society, including the very poor, and as such are of interest to social historians as well as lovers of literature."e;

Wives and Daughters

Wives and Daughters

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/02/2018

North and South

North and South

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/02/2018

Having grown up in London and rural southern England, Margaret Hale moves with her father to the northern industrial city of Milton. She is shocked by the poverty she encounters and dismayed by the unsympathetic attitude of the textile-mill owner John Thornton, whose factory workers are engaged in an acrimonious strike. Against this backdrop of social unrest, the relationship between the two is tumultuous, and it takes further upheaval and tragedy for them to see each other in a different light. First serialized in Dickens's magazine Household Words in the same period as Hard Times, North and South shares its famous counterpart's concern with the inequality and hardship generated by the Industrial Revolution in northern England, while at the same time creating one of the nineteenth century's most memorable and engaging female protagonists in Margaret Hale.

Dark Night's Work

Dark Night's Work

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell, Sheba Blake Format: eBook Release Date: 30/01/2018

The novel A Dark Night's Work is the engrossing apogee of Gaskell's foray into Gothic ghost stories and tales of horror. Fans of these genres won't be disappointed. Elizabeth Gaskell, (29 September 1810 - 12 November 1865), often referred to as Mrs Gaskell, was an English novelist and short story writer. Her novels offer a detailed portrait of the lives of many strata of Victorian society, including the very poor, and are of interest to social historians as well as lovers of literature. Her first novel, Mary Barton, was published in 1848. Gaskell's The Life of Charlotte Bront published in 1857, was the first biography of Bront Some of Gaskell's best known novels are Cranford (1851-53), North and South (1854-55), and Wives and Daughters (1865). The house on Plymouth Grove remained in the Gaskell family until 1913, after which it stood empty and fell into disrepair. The University of Manchester acquired it in 1969 and in 2004 it was acquired by the Manchester Historic Buildings Trust, which then raised money to restore it. Exterior renovations were completed in 2011 and the house is now open to the public. On 25 September 2010 a memorial to Elizabeth Gaskell was dedicated in Poets' Corner in Westminster Abbey. It takes the form of a panel in the Hubbard memorial window, above the tomb of Geoffrey Chaucer. The panel was dedicated by her great-great-great-granddaughter Sarah Prince and a wreath was laid. Manchester City Council have created an award in Gaskell's name, given to recognise women's involvement in charitable work and improvement of lives.

ELIZABETH GASKELL Ultimate Collection: 10 Novels & 40+ Short Stories (Including Poetry, Essays & Biographies)

ELIZABETH GASKELL Ultimate Collection: 10 Novels & 40+ Short Stories (Including Poetry, Essays & Biographies)

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 09/12/2017

This collection contains the complete works of the great Victorian author Elizabeth Gaskell, including novels, short stories, poetry, essays, and a biography of Charlotte Bronte. Introduction:Elizabeth Cleghorn GaskellNovels:Mary BartonThe Moorland CottageCranfordRuthNorth and SouthSylvia's LoversWives and DaughtersA Dark Night's WorkShort Stories & Novellas:Round the SofaMy Lady LudlowAn Accursed RaceThe Doom of the GriffithsHalf a Life-Time AgoThe Poor ClareThe Half-BrothersCousin PhillisCompany MannersMr. Harrison's ConfessionsThe Sexton's HeroThe Grey WomanCurious if TrueSix Weeks at HeppenheimLibbie Marsh's Three ErasChristmas Storms and SunshineHand and HeartBessy's Troubles at HomeDisappearancesLizzie LeighThe Well of Pen-MorthaThe Heart of John MiddletonTraits and Stories of the HuguenotsMorton HallMy French MasterThe Squire's StoryRight at LastThe Manchester MarriageLois the WitchThe Crooked BranchThe Old Nurse's StoryClopton HouseCrowley CastleTwo Fragments of Ghost StoriesThe Shah's English GardenerMartha PrestonThe Deserted MansionUncle PeterA Visit to EtonThe Cage at CranfordSome Passages from the History of the Chomley FamilyThe Ghost in the Garden RoomPoetry:Sketches Among the PoorBranThe Scholar's StoryOther Works:The Life of Charlotte BrontThe Last Generation in EnglandCumberland Sheep-ShearersTraits and Stories of The HugenotsModern Greek SongsFrench LifeAn Italian InstitutionShamsA Fear for the FutureBiography:Mrs. Gaskell and Knutsford by George A. PayneElizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865) was an English novelist and short story writer. Her novels offer a detailed portrait of the lives of many strata of Victorian society, including the very poor, and are of interest to social historians as well as lovers of literature. Some of Gaskell's best known novels are Cranford, North and South, and Wives and Daughters.

Complete Works of Elizabeth Gaskell (Illustrated)

Complete Works of Elizabeth Gaskell (Illustrated)

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 09/12/2017

This meticulously edited collected of complete works by Elizabeth Gaskell includes:Introduction:"e;Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell"e;Novels:Mary BartonThe Moorland CottageCranfordRuthNorth and SouthSylvia's LoversWives and DaughtersA Dark Night's WorkShort Stories & Novellas:Round the SofaMy Lady LudlowAn Accursed RaceThe Doom of the GriffithsHalf a Life-Time AgoThe Poor ClareThe Half-BrothersCousin PhillisCompany MannersMr. Harrison's ConfessionsThe Sexton's HeroThe Grey WomanCurious if TrueSix Weeks at HeppenheimLibbie Marsh's Three ErasChristmas Storms and SunshineHand and HeartBessy's Troubles at HomeDisappearancesLizzie LeighThe Well of Pen-MorthaThe Heart of John MiddletonTraits and Stories of the HuguenotsMorton HallMy French MasterThe Squire's StoryRight at LastThe Manchester MarriageLois the WitchThe Crooked BranchThe Old Nurse's StoryClopton HouseCrowley CastleTwo Fragments of Ghost StoriesThe Shah's English GardenerMartha PrestonThe Deserted MansionUncle PeterA Visit to EtonThe Cage at CranfordSome Passages from the History of the Chomley FamilyThe Ghost in the Garden RoomPoetry:Sketches Among the PoorBranThe Scholar's StoryOther Works:The Life of Charlotte BrontThe Last Generation in EnglandCumberland Sheep-ShearersTraits and Stories of The HugenotsModern Greek SongsFrench LifeAn Italian InstitutionShamsA Fear for the FutureBiography:Mrs. Gaskell and Knutsford by George A. PayneElizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865) was an English novelist and short story writer. Her novels offer a detailed portrait of the lives of many strata of Victorian society, including the very poor, and are of interest to social historians as well as lovers of literature. Some of Gaskell's best known novels are Cranford, North and South, and Wives and Daughters.

Wives and Daughters

Wives and Daughters

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 29/11/2017

Molly Gibson is a small-town girl in England during the 1830s, kind-hearted but unwise in the ways of the world. Her widower father sends her to stay with the aristocrats of Hamley Hall, where she befriends both of the family's sons, learning the elder's dark secret while falling in love with the younger. But her father has remarried in her absence, and in addition to a selfish and ambitious stepmother, Molly has acquired a stepsister who quickly becomes a rival for the younger Hamley's affections.Molly's strikingly realistic coming-of-age story, recounted with humor and pathos, depicts the consequences of both good and bad marriages as well as the dynamics of changing relationships within family. Elizabeth Gaskell develops timeless themes of friendship, love, money, and tragedy amid a portrait of a rapidly changing Victorian world. Her richly drawn characters and their preoccupation with social behavior and moral issues provide thought-provoking entertainment in the manner of Jane Austen, Anthony Trollope, and George Eliot.

North and South

North and South

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 18/11/2017

Margaret's safe existence is turned upside down when she has to move to the grim northern town of Milton. Not only does she have her eyes opened by the poverty and hardship she encounters there, but she is thrown into confusion by stern factory owner John Thornton - whose treatment of his workers brings them into fierce opposition. As men and women, workers and masters come into violent conflict, it seems opposites can never meet. But do John and Margaret's power struggles hide deeper feelings? And, when it seems Margaret has lost everything, can she find the one thing she never expected?

Life of Charlotte Bronte

Life of Charlotte Bronte

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 18/11/2017

Elizabeth Gaskell's biography of her close friend Charlotte Bronte; was published in 1857 to immediate popular acclaim, and remains the most significant study of the enigmatic author who gave Jane Eyre the subtitle An Autobiography. It recounts Charlotte Bronte;'s life from her isolated childhood, through her years as a writer who had 'foreseen the single life' for herself, to her marriage at thirty-eight and death less than a year later. The resulting work - the first full-length biography of a woman novelist by a woman novelist - explored the nature of Charlotte's genius and almost single-handedly created the Bronte; myth.

Mary Barton

Mary Barton

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/07/2017

Mary Barton

Mary Barton

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 15/06/2017

Set in Manchester, England, at the height of the Industrial Revolution, this powerful novel recounts a working-class girl's attempts to escape the sickness, hunger, and poverty of her world. Mary Barton's pretty face and winning manners have drawn the romantic attentions of a factory owner's son, but accepting her wealthy suitor means rejecting her childhood sweetheart. The dilemma intensifies in the aftermath of a ruthless murder, when Mary is drawn into the violence of the class conflict and forced to reconsider her choices as she struggles to protect the people she loves.Author Elizabeth Gaskell was widely regarded as the social conscience of Great Britain during the nation's transition from a rural, agricultural society to an industrial powerhouse. Her moving portrait of the dignity of working-class life and her plea for social harmony influenced Dickens, Carlyle, and other writers and ultimately helped pave the way for labor and reform movements.

Ruth

Ruth

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 06/06/2017

A tragic affair blooms between a working-class orphan and a wealthy rake in this classic novel of Victorian England. Although Ruth Hilton is kind, life does not treat her kindly in return. An orphaned young seamstress, she works long hours at a sweatshop in a small English town. When she is sent to a fancy ball to repair the ladies' dresses, she catches the eye of a gentleman, Henry Bellingham. Falling for Henry leads to the loss of her job and her home, and Ruth quickly finds herself raising a child alone. Overcome with grief and shame, she must now make her way in a world where society has turned its back on her and all she can rely on is hope. A moving novel from the author of North and South and Mary Barton, Ruth offers a unique look at British life during the mid-nineteenth century.

Cranford

Cranford

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 06/06/2017

The women of an English country village star in this Victorian classic that inspired a BBC series, from the author of North and South. Welcome to Cranford, where everyone knows one another and a cow wears pajamas. It's a community built on friendship and kindness, where women hold court and most of the housesand menare rarely seen. Two colorful spinster sisters at the heart of Cranford, Miss Matty and Miss Deborah Jenkyns, are daughters of the former rector, and when they're not playing cards or drinking tea, they're feeding an endless appetite for scandal and weathering commotions to their peaceful lives, from financial troubles to thieves to an unexpected face from the past. First published in installments in Household Words, a magazine edited by Charles Dickens, Cranford was a hit of its time and today offers modern readers a glimpse into a small English town during the mid-nineteenth century.

Mary Barton

Mary Barton

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 06/06/2017

A tale of love, class, and murder during the era of the trade-union movement in nineteenth-century England, from the author of North and South. In Manchester, long-suffering John Barton and his daughter, Mary, both want a better future for each other. John toils away with the trades' union for better wages for his fellow workers in the textile mill, while Mary must consider whom she will marry. She decides to leave the working-class Jem Wilson, hoping instead to wed Harry Carson, the wealthy mill owner's son. But when Harry is shot down in the street, Jem becomes the prime suspectand learning the truth may yield a future Mary cannot bear. A portrait of the working class's struggles during the Victorian era, Mary Barton was Elizabeth Gaskell's first novel. She went on to write classics such as Wives and Daughters and was the creator of the town of Cranford, the setting for several BBC series.

Wives and Daughters

Wives and Daughters

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 06/06/2017

Secrets and scandals steer a young woman's life as she comes of age and finds love in Victorian England. Seventeen-year-old Molly Gibson has grown up under the watchful eye of her widowed father, the doctor Mr. Gibson. After one of his apprentices develops an interest in Molly, Mr. Gibson feels the only way to protect her is to send her to live with the Hamley family. With his daughter away, Gibson decides to remarry, giving Molly a new mother and sister. Although her stepmother is manipulative, Molly gains an ally in her stepsister, Cynthia, who is educated, worldly, and irresistible to just about any man she meets. Growing closer to the Hamleys and her new stepsister, Molly also finds herself mired in their scandalsand the town's gossip. If she hopes to set things right, she must risk her own reputation, as well as the man she secretly loves. By the author of Mary Barton and North and South, this is a story of love, family, and the challenges of both, as relevant today as it was in the nineteenth century.

North and South

North and South

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/05/2017

Forced to move from the rural tranquillity of southern England to the turbulent northern mill town of Milton, Margaret Hale takes an instant dislike to the dirt and noise that seems to characterize her new home and its inhabitants - even the handsome and charismatic cotton mill owner, John Thornton. But as she begins to settle in, and to understand the nature of the surrounding poverty and injustice, events conspire to throw her and Thornton together. Amidst the chaos of industrial unrest, they must learn to overcome the prejudices of class and circumstance and admit their feelings for one another. One of literature's greatest romances, North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell is both an incisive social commentary and an electric portrayal of all-conquering love. This Macmillan Collector's Library edition of North and South features an afterword by Kathryn White. Designed to appeal to the booklover, the Macmillan Collector's Library is a series of beautiful gift editions of much loved classic titles. Macmillan Collector's Library are books to love and treasure.

North and South

North and South

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell, Sheba Blake Format: eBook Release Date: 28/04/2017

North and South is a social novel by English writer Elizabeth Gaskell. Along with Wives and Daughters (1865) and Cranford (1853), it is one of her best known novels (and has been adapted for television twice, in 1975 and 2004). The latter version renewed interest in the novel and generated a wider readership. While Gaskell's first novel Mary Barton (1848) focused on relations between employers and workers in Manchester from the perspective of the working poor, North and South uses a protagonist from southern England to present and comment on the perspectives of both mill owners and mill workers in an industrializing city. North and South is set in the fictional industrial town of Milton in the North of England. Forced to leave her home in the tranquil rural south, Margaret Hale settles with her parents in Milton where she witnesses the brutal world wrought by the industrial revolution and employers and workers clashing in the first organised strikes. Sympathetic to the poor, whose courage and tenacity she admires and among whom she makes friends, she clashes with John Thornton, a cotton mill manufacturer who belongs to the nouveaux riches class and whose contemptuous attitude to workers Margaret rejects. The novel traces both her growing understanding of the complexity of labor relations and her impact on well-meaning mill owners, and her conflicted relationship with John Thornton. Gaskell based her depiction of Milton on Manchester, where she lived as the wife of a Unitarian minister.

Victorian Short Stories

Victorian Short Stories

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell, Thomas Hardy, Henry James Format: eBook Release Date: 01/03/2017

As the nineteenth century gave way to the twentieth, attitudes about love, marriage, and gender roles began to undergo a radical shift. The five stories collected in this volume, written by literary luminaries such as Henry James, Walter Besant, and Thomas Hardy, expertly capture this period of transition.

Victorian Short Stories

Victorian Short Stories

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell, Thomas Hardy, Henry James Format: eBook Release Date: 01/03/2017

As the nineteenth century gave way to the twentieth, attitudes about love, marriage, and gender roles began to undergo a radical shift. The five stories collected in this volume, written by literary luminaries such as Henry James, Walter Besant, and Thomas Hardy, expertly capture this period of transition.

Curious, If True

Curious, If True

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 26/02/2017

Here is a collection of five spooky Victorian stories by Elizabeth Gaskell. Included are 'The Old Nurse's Story,' 'The Poor Clare,' 'Lois the Witch,' 'The Grey Woman,' and 'Curious, if True.'

Cousin Phillis

Cousin Phillis

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 26/02/2017

'Cousin Phillis' is a haunting story about Paul Manning, a youth of nineteen who moves to the country and befriends his mother's family and his cousin Phillis Holman, who is confused by her own placement at the edge of adolescence. Paul finds himself helpless to prevent his cousin's heartbreak.

Cranford

Cranford

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 08/08/2016

The fictional town of Cranford is closely modeled after Knutsford in Cheshire England, which Elizabeth Gaskell knew well. This gentle, humorous, and witty book follows the lives of Mary Smith and her friends, Miss Matty and Miss Deborah, two spinster sisters. A classic.

Accursed Race

Accursed Race

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 01/04/2016

Though she gained acclaim as a novelist whom many critics and fans likened to another Victorian literary luminary, Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell was also deeply interested in social causes, about which she often penned compelling nonfiction pieces. This essay paints a heart-rending portrait of the plight of the Cagots, a European clan who suffered severe persecution for hundreds of years.

Accursed Race

Accursed Race

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 01/04/2016

Though she gained acclaim as a novelist whom many critics and fans likened to another Victorian literary luminary, Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell was also deeply interested in social causes, about which she often penned compelling nonfiction pieces. This essay paints a heart-rending portrait of the plight of the Cagots, a European clan who suffered severe persecution for hundreds of years.

Doom of the Griffiths

Doom of the Griffiths

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 01/04/2016

Later in her career, Victorian-era novelist Elizabeth Gaskell turned away from the domestic dramas that dominated her previous work and began to experiment with gothic horror, honing her craft over a period of years. This short novella focuses on the trials and tribulations of a supposedly cursed family and offers up a number of keen observations about the psychological impact of laboring under such a fate.

Doom of the Griffiths

Doom of the Griffiths

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 01/04/2016

Later in her career, Victorian-era novelist Elizabeth Gaskell turned away from the domestic dramas that dominated her previous work and began to experiment with gothic horror, honing her craft over a period of years. This short novella focuses on the trials and tribulations of a supposedly cursed family and offers up a number of keen observations about the psychological impact of laboring under such a fate.

Grey Woman and Other Tales

Grey Woman and Other Tales

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 01/04/2016

Prominent Victorian novelist Elizabeth Gaskell introduced a new level of realism into her depictions of the daily duties, struggles and tribulations of people at every point on the socioeconomic spectrum. This collection brings together some of her most acclaimed stories, including domestic dramas and a few with creepy supernatural and gothic elements.

Grey Woman and Other Tales

Grey Woman and Other Tales

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 01/04/2016

Prominent Victorian novelist Elizabeth Gaskell introduced a new level of realism into her depictions of the daily duties, struggles and tribulations of people at every point on the socioeconomic spectrum. This collection brings together some of her most acclaimed stories, including domestic dramas and a few with creepy supernatural and gothic elements.

Half-Brothers

Half-Brothers

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 01/04/2016

In this masterfully suspenseful short story from Victorian-era author Elizabeth Gaskell, the strained relationship between two half-brothers -- one beloved and one largely shunned by the family -- comes to a head suddenly when the younger of the two finds himself in terrible danger.

Half-Brothers

Half-Brothers

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 01/04/2016

In this masterfully suspenseful short story from Victorian-era author Elizabeth Gaskell, the strained relationship between two half-brothers -- one beloved and one largely shunned by the family -- comes to a head suddenly when the younger of the two finds himself in terrible danger.

Lizzie Leigh

Lizzie Leigh

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 01/04/2016

The trope of the "e;fallen woman"e; has been a constant presence in world literature for centuries. Victorian novelist Elizabeth Gaskell breathes new life into that tired archetype in the engaging short story "e;Lizzie Leigh,"e; in which love ultimately triumphs even in the face of the most formidable odds.

Lizzie Leigh

Lizzie Leigh

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 01/04/2016

The trope of the "e;fallen woman"e; has been a constant presence in world literature for centuries. Victorian novelist Elizabeth Gaskell breathes new life into that tired archetype in the engaging short story "e;Lizzie Leigh,"e; in which love ultimately triumphs even in the face of the most formidable odds.

Poor Clare

Poor Clare

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 01/04/2016

As a writer, Elizabeth Gaskell often sought to cast light on the stark differences between social classes in the Victorian era. But in the remarkable novella "e;The Poor Clare,"e; she takes issues of class, socioeconomic status, and religious differences out of the drawing room and embeds them in a spine-tingling tale of gothic suspense.

Poor Clare

Poor Clare

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 01/04/2016

As a writer, Elizabeth Gaskell often sought to cast light on the stark differences between social classes in the Victorian era. But in the remarkable novella "e;The Poor Clare,"e; she takes issues of class, socioeconomic status, and religious differences out of the drawing room and embeds them in a spine-tingling tale of gothic suspense.

Sylvia's Lovers - Complete

Sylvia's Lovers - Complete

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 30/01/2016

Elizabeth Gaskell was a British author during the Victorian era, and her novels are notable for detailed descriptions of the different classes of society in 19th century Britain.

Sylvia's Lovers - Volume 1

Sylvia's Lovers - Volume 1

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 20/01/2016

Elizabeth Gaskell was a British author during the Victorian era, and her novels are notable for detailed descriptions of the different classes of society in 19th century Britain.

Sylvia's Lovers - Volume 2

Sylvia's Lovers - Volume 2

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 15/01/2016

Elizabeth Gaskell was a British author during the Victorian era, and her novels are notable for detailed descriptions of the different classes of society in 19th century Britain.

Ruth

Ruth

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 14/01/2016

Elizabeth Gaskell was a British author during the Victorian era, and her novels are notable for detailed descriptions of the different classes of society in 19th century Britain.

Sylvia's Lovers - Volume 3

Sylvia's Lovers - Volume 3

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 09/01/2016

Elizabeth Gaskell was a British author during the Victorian era, and her novels are notable for detailed descriptions of the different classes of society in 19th century Britain.

North and South

North and South

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 07/01/2016

Elizabeth Gaskell was a British author during the Victorian era, and her novels are notable for detailed descriptions of the different classes of society in 19th century Britain.

Half-Brothers

Half-Brothers

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 02/01/2016

Elizabeth Gaskell was a British author during the Victorian era, and her novels are notable for detailed descriptions of the different classes of society in 19th century Britain.

Heart of John Middleton

Heart of John Middleton

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 19/12/2015

Elizabeth Gaskell was a British author during the Victorian era, and her novels are notable for detailed descriptions of the different classes of society in 19th century Britain.

Sylvia's Lovers

Sylvia's Lovers

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 19/12/2015

Elizabeth Gaskell was a British author during the Victorian era, and her novels are notable for detailed descriptions of the different classes of society in 19th century Britain.

Cage at Cranford

Cage at Cranford

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 19/12/2015

Elizabeth Gaskell was a British author during the Victorian era, and her novels are notable for detailed descriptions of the different classes of society in 19th century Britain.

Grey Woman

Grey Woman

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 19/12/2015

Elizabeth Gaskell was a British author during the Victorian era, and her novels are notable for detailed descriptions of the different classes of society in 19th century Britain.

Martha Preston

Martha Preston

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 16/12/2015

Elizabeth Gaskell was a British author during the Victorian era, and her novels are notable for detailed descriptions of the different classes of society in 19th century Britain.

Mary Barton

Mary Barton

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 16/12/2015

Elizabeth Gaskell was a British author during the Victorian era, and her novels are notable for detailed descriptions of the different classes of society in 19th century Britain.

Modern Greek Songs

Modern Greek Songs

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 16/12/2015

Elizabeth Gaskell was a British author during the Victorian era, and her novels are notable for detailed descriptions of the different classes of society in 19th century Britain.

Morton Hall

Morton Hall

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 16/12/2015

Elizabeth Gaskell was a British author during the Victorian era, and her novels are notable for detailed descriptions of the different classes of society in 19th century Britain.

Mr. Harrison's Confessions

Mr. Harrison's Confessions

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 16/12/2015

Elizabeth Gaskell was a British author during the Victorian era, and her novels are notable for detailed descriptions of the different classes of society in 19th century Britain.

My Lady Ludlow

My Lady Ludlow

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 15/12/2015

Elizabeth Gaskell was a British author during the Victorian era, and her novels are notable for detailed descriptions of the different classes of society in 19th century Britain.

My French Master

My French Master

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 15/12/2015

Elizabeth Gaskell was a British author during the Victorian era, and her novels are notable for detailed descriptions of the different classes of society in 19th century Britain.

Right at Last

Right at Last

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 15/12/2015

Elizabeth Gaskell was a British author during the Victorian era, and her novels are notable for detailed descriptions of the different classes of society in 19th century Britain.

Round the Sofa

Round the Sofa

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 15/12/2015

Elizabeth Gaskell was a British author during the Victorian era, and her novels are notable for detailed descriptions of the different classes of society in 19th century Britain.

Uncle Peter

Uncle Peter

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 13/12/2015

Elizabeth Gaskell was a British author during the Victorian era, and her novels are notable for detailed descriptions of the different classes of society in 19th century Britain.

Traits and Stories of the Huguenots

Traits and Stories of the Huguenots

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 12/12/2015

Elizabeth Gaskell was a British author during the Victorian era, and her novels are notable for detailed descriptions of the different classes of society in 19th century Britain.

Well of Pen-Morfa

Well of Pen-Morfa

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 12/12/2015

Elizabeth Gaskell was a British author during the Victorian era, and her novels are notable for detailed descriptions of the different classes of society in 19th century Britain.

Lizzie Leigh

Lizzie Leigh

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 12/12/2015

Elizabeth Gaskell was a British author during the Victorian era, and her novels are notable for detailed descriptions of the different classes of society in 19th century Britain.

Libbie Marsh's Three Eras

Libbie Marsh's Three Eras

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 12/12/2015

Elizabeth Gaskell was a British author during the Victorian era, and her novels are notable for detailed descriptions of the different classes of society in 19th century Britain.

French Life

French Life

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 12/12/2015

Elizabeth Gaskell was a British author during the Victorian era, and her novels are notable for detailed descriptions of the different classes of society in 19th century Britain.

Cumberland Sheep-Shearers

Cumberland Sheep-Shearers

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 12/12/2015

Elizabeth Gaskell was a British author during the Victorian era, and her novels are notable for detailed descriptions of the different classes of society in 19th century Britain.

Cousin Phillis

Cousin Phillis

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 12/12/2015

Elizabeth Gaskell was a British author during the Victorian era, and her novels are notable for detailed descriptions of the different classes of society in 19th century Britain.

Crowley Castle

Crowley Castle

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 12/12/2015

Elizabeth Gaskell was a British author during the Victorian era, and her novels are notable for detailed descriptions of the different classes of society in 19th century Britain.

Company Manners

Company Manners

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 11/12/2015

Elizabeth Gaskell was a British author during the Victorian era, and her novels are notable for detailed descriptions of the different classes of society in 19th century Britain.

Wives and Daughters: An Everyday Story

Wives and Daughters: An Everyday Story

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 11/12/2015

Elizabeth Gaskell was a British author during the Victorian era, and her novels are notable for detailed descriptions of the different classes of society in 19th century Britain.

Two Fragments of Ghost Stories

Two Fragments of Ghost Stories

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 11/12/2015

Elizabeth Gaskell was a British author during the Victorian era, and her novels are notable for detailed descriptions of the different classes of society in 19th century Britain.

Hand and Heart

Hand and Heart

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 11/12/2015

Elizabeth Gaskell was a British author during the Victorian era, and her novels are notable for detailed descriptions of the different classes of society in 19th century Britain.

Half a Life-time Ago

Half a Life-time Ago

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 11/12/2015

Elizabeth Gaskell was a British author during the Victorian era, and her novels are notable for detailed descriptions of the different classes of society in 19th century Britain.

Lois the Witch

Lois the Witch

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 11/12/2015

Elizabeth Gaskell was a British author during the Victorian era, and her novels are notable for detailed descriptions of the different classes of society in 19th century Britain.

Disappearances

Disappearances

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 11/12/2015

Elizabeth Gaskell was a British author during the Victorian era, and her novels are notable for detailed descriptions of the different classes of society in 19th century Britain.

Clopton Hall

Clopton Hall

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 10/12/2015

Elizabeth Gaskell was a British author during the Victorian era, and her novels are notable for detailed descriptions of the different classes of society in 19th century Britain.

Poor Clare

Poor Clare

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 09/12/2015

Elizabeth Gaskell was a British author during the Victorian era, and her novels are notable for detailed descriptions of the different classes of society in 19th century Britain.

Doom of the Griffiths

Doom of the Griffiths

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 09/12/2015

Elizabeth Gaskell was a British author during the Victorian era, and her novels are notable for detailed descriptions of the different classes of society in 19th century Britain.

Italian Institution

Italian Institution

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 09/12/2015

Elizabeth Gaskell was a British author during the Victorian era, and her novels are notable for detailed descriptions of the different classes of society in 19th century Britain.

Dark Night's Work

Dark Night's Work

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 09/12/2015

Elizabeth Gaskell was a British author during the Victorian era, and her novels are notable for detailed descriptions of the different classes of society in 19th century Britain.

Bessy's Troubles at Home

Bessy's Troubles at Home

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 09/12/2015

Elizabeth Gaskell was a British author during the Victorian era, and her novels are notable for detailed descriptions of the different classes of society in 19th century Britain.

Fear for the Future

Fear for the Future

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 09/12/2015

Elizabeth Gaskell was a British author during the Victorian era, and her novels are notable for detailed descriptions of the different classes of society in 19th century Britain.

Accursed Race

Accursed Race

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 09/12/2015

Elizabeth Gaskell was a British author during the Victorian era, and her novels are notable for detailed descriptions of the different classes of society in 19th century Britain.

Visit to Eton

Visit to Eton

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 09/12/2015

Elizabeth Gaskell was a British author during the Victorian era, and her novels are notable for detailed descriptions of the different classes of society in 19th century Britain.

Christmas Storms and Sunshine

Christmas Storms and Sunshine

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 09/12/2015

Elizabeth Gaskell was a British author during the Victorian era, and her novels are notable for detailed descriptions of the different classes of society in 19th century Britain.

Curious, If True

Curious, If True

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 07/12/2015

Elizabeth Gaskell was a British author during the Victorian era, and her novels are notable for detailed descriptions of the different classes of society in 19th century Britain.

Cranford

Cranford

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 29/11/2015

Elizabeth Gaskell was a British author during the Victorian era, and her novels are notable for detailed descriptions of the different classes of society in 19th century Britain. Cranford is a novel about a fictional town modeled closely after one Gaskell was familiar with. The story features a series of episodes in the life of Mary Smith.

Mary Barton

Mary Barton

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 24/11/2015

When the man she loves is wrongfully accused of murder, Mary Barton, a young woman of limited means, commits herself to proving the innocence of her beloved, only to learn that the murderer is someone equally precious to her.Be it mystery, romance, drama, comedy, politics, or history, great literature stands the test of time. ClassicJoe proudly brings literary classics to todays digital readers, connecting those who love to read with authors whose work continues to get people talking. Look for other fiction and non-fiction classics from ClassicJoe.

North and South: All Volumes

North and South: All Volumes

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 21/11/2015

Elizabeth Gaskell was a British author during the Victorian era, and her novels are notable for detailed descriptions of the different classes of society in 19th century Britain. One of Gaskell's most famous works is North and South which is a social novel about the life of Margaret Hale.

North and South

North and South

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 16/08/2015

The Industrial Revolution Is Upon the Victorian Society"e;I wish I could tell you how lonely I am. How cold and harsh it is here. Everywhere there is conflict and unkindness. I think God has forsaken this place. I believe I have seen hell and it's white, it's snow-white."e; - Elizabeth Gaskell, North and SouthForced to move from the traditional southern England to the north, in the industrialized Milton, Margaret Hale slowly but steadily learns the new ways of Victorian society. At first, she resents the town and its people. However, as time goes on, she gets more and more involved defending the working class and standing by them in their was against mill owner John Thornton, a member of the New Rich. Soon, the arguments between Margaret and John take an unusual turn. This Xist Classics edition has been professionally formatted for e-readers with a linked table of contents. This eBook also contains a bonus book club leadership guide and discussion questions. We hope you'll share this book with your friends, neighbors and colleagues and can't wait to hear what you have to say about it.Xist Publishing is a digital-first publisher. Xist Publishing creates books for the touchscreen generation and is dedicated to helping everyone develop a lifetime love of reading, no matter what form it takes

Delphi Complete Works of Elizabeth Gaskell (Illustrated)

Delphi Complete Works of Elizabeth Gaskell (Illustrated)

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 11/08/2015

This is the Complete Works of Elizabeth Gaskell, with illustrations and a comprehensive scope of her many works. This is the only eBook available with every novel, novella, short story - even the very rare ones - poem, and much more! (Current version: 4)* brief but informative introductions to the novels and other texts* ALL 6 novels and ALL 7 novellas, each with their own contents table* images of film and television adaptations* BONUS original illustrations for 'Wives and Daughters' - give your eReader a taste of the Victorian text!* ALL 48 short stories, with excellent formatting* includes Gaskell's poetry, printed in Dickens' magazines* Gaskell's scholarly biography on Charlotte Bronte, with its own contents table* SPECIAL BONUS text of Rev. George A. Payne's semi-biography of Gaskell - explore her beautiful town of Knutsford* many images relating to Gaskell's life, works and the places she lived in* scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres* front no-nonsense table of contents to allow easy navigation around Gaskell's oeuvre.Please visit www.delphiclassics.com to browse through our range of exciting titlesCONTENTS:The NovelsMARY BARTONCRANFORDRUTHNORTH AND SOUTHSYLVIA'S LOVERSWIVES AND DAUGHTERSThe NovellasTHE MOORLAND COTTAGEMR. HARRISON'S CONFESSIONSLIZZIE LEIGHMY LADY LUDLOWLOIS THE WITCHA DARK NIGHT'S WORKCOUSIN PHILLISThe Short StoriesA FEAR FOR THE FUTUREA HOUSE TO LETA VISIT TO ETONAN ACCURSED RACEAN ITALIAN INSTITUTIONBESSY'S TROUBLES AT HOMETHE CAGE AT CRANFORDCHRISTMAS STORMS AND SUNSHINECLOPTON HALLCOMPANY MANNERSTHE CROOKED BRANCHCROWLEY CASTLECUMBERLAND SHEEP-SHEARERSCURIOUS, IF TRUETHE DESERTED MANSIONDISAPPEARANCESTHE DOOM OF THE GRIFFITHSFRENCH LIFETHE GREY WOMANHALF A LIFE-TIME AGOTHE HALF-BROTHERSHAND AND HEARTTHE HAUNTED HOUSETHE HEART OF JOHN MIDDLETONTHE LAST GENERATION IN ENGLANDLIBBIE MARSH'S THREE ERASTHE MANCHESTER MARRIAGEMARTHA PRESTONMODERN GREEK SONGSMORTON HALLMY FRENCH MASTERTHE OLD NURSE'S STORYTHE POOR CLARERIGHT AT LASTROUND THE SOFA.THE SEXTON'S HEROTHE SHAH'S ENGLISH GARDENERSHAMSSIX WEEKS AT HEPPENHEIMSOME PASSAGES FROM THE HISTORY OF THE CHOMLEY FAMILYTHE SQUIRE'S STORYTRAITS AND STORIES OF THE HUGUENOTSTWO FRAGMENTS OF GHOST STORIESUNCLE PETERTHE WELL OF PEN-MORFAThe PoetryBRANTHE SCHOLAR'S STORYSKETCHES AMONG THE POOR, NO. IThe BiographyTHE LIFE OF CHARLOTTE BRONTEPayne's BiographyMRS. GASKELL AND KNUTSFORD BY REV. GEORGE A. PAYNEPlease visit www.delphiclassics.com to browse through our range of exciting titles

Cranford

Cranford

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 07/08/2015

The English Rural Society in the Midst of Change"e;Mrs. Forrester ... sat in state, pretending not to know what cakes were sent up, though she knew, and we knew, and she knew that we knew, and we knew that she knew that we knew, she had been busy all the morning making tea-bread and sponge-cakes."e; - Elizabeth Gaskell, CranfordBoth comic and tragic, Cranford is a novel set in a fictional rural town of 19th-century England where time seems to stand still. Neither character wants to change and all of them are feverously trying to preserve the old customs and norms. However, a series of comings and goings disrupts the town's balance and force the leading women in Cranford to leave their comfort zone. This Xist Classics edition has been professionally formatted for e-readers with a linked table of contents. This eBook also contains a bonus book club leadership guide and discussion questions. We hope you'll share this book with your friends, neighbors and colleagues and can't wait to hear what you have to say about it.Xist Publishing is a digital-first publisher. Xist Publishing creates books for the touchscreen generation and is dedicated to helping everyone develop a lifetime love of reading, no matter what form it takes

ZHizn' SHarlotty Bronte

ZHizn' SHarlotty Bronte

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 08/06/2015

EHta kniga posvyashchena odnoj iz samyh znamenityh anglijskih pisatel'nic XIX veka, chej roman Dzhejn EHjr - istoriya prostoj guvernantki, sumevshej obresti nastoyashchee schast'e, - pol'zuetsya uspekhom vo vsem mire. Odnako nemnogim izvestno, naskol'ko tragichno slozhilas' sud'ba samoj SHarlotty Bronte. Ona muzhestvenno i s dostoinstvom perenosila vse nevzgody i ispytaniya, vypadavshie na ee dolyu. Perezhiv rodnyh sester i brata, SHarlotta Bronte dovol'no pozdno vyshla zamuzh, no umerla men'she chem cherez god posle svad'by - ej bylo 38 let. Ob ehtom i o mnogom drugom (o zhizni sem'i Bronte, tvorchestve sester EHmili i EHnn, literaturnom debyute i slave, o vstrechah s pisatelyami i t. d.) rasskazala drugaya izvestnaya anglijskaya pisatel'nica - EHlizabet Gaskell. Ee znakomstvo s SHarlottoj Bronte sostoyalos' v 1850 godu, i v techenie pochti pyati let ih svyazyvala lichnaya i tvorcheskaya druzhba. Kniga ZHizn' SHarlotty Bronte - cennejshij biograficheskij istochnik, osnovannyj na bogatom dokumental'nom materiale. EH. Gaskell vklyuchila v tekst sotni pisem SH. Bronte i ee korrespondentov (podrug, rodnyh, literatorov, izdatelej). Kniga ZHizn' SHarlotty Bronte vpervye publikuetsya na russkom yazyke.

North and South

North and South

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 02/06/2015

Acclaimed as one of the most important novels of the Victorian era, North and South follows the idealistic young Margaret Hale as she confronts the harsh realities of the Industrial Revolution.

Cranford

Cranford

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 02/06/2015

Mary Smith, a frequent visitor to the small town of Knutsford (Cranford), keeps abreast of the goings-on of the various townsfolk through her numerous correspondences with local friends.

North And South

North And South

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 03/03/2015

Upon their arrival in the fictional town of Milton from their comfortable life in the rural South, Margaret Hale and her parents are struck by the harsh reality of the industrial revolution. When Margaret becomes sympathetic to the suffering of the towns mill workers and their families, she develops a resolute sense of social justice that puts her at odds with the mills owner, John Thorton.North and South was first published in 1854 in weekly segments of Household Worldsa magazine edited by Charles Dickens. The novel was given a second life in 1950, when it became a subject for critical Marxist analysis. Today, North and South is acclaimed as one of the most important novels of the Victorian era. It has been adopted for both stage and screen, most famously in the 2004 BBC drama series North & South.HarperPerennialClassics brings great works of literature to life in digital format, upholding the highest standards in ebook production and celebrating reading in all its forms. Look for more titles in the HarperPerennial Classics collection to build your digital library.

The Old Nurse's Story

The Old Nurse's Story

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/02/2015

'Even in the stillness of that dead-cold weather, I had heard no sound of little battering hands upon the window-glass...' A phantom child roams the Northumberland moors, while a host of fairytale characters gone to seed gather in the dark, dark woods in these two surprising tales of the uncanny from the great Victorian novelist. Introducing Little Black Classics: 80 books for Penguin's 80th birthday. Little Black Classics celebrate the huge range and diversity of Penguin Classics, with books from around the world and across many centuries. They take us from a balloon ride over Victorian London to a garden of blossom in Japan, from Tierra del Fuego to 16th-century California and the Russian steppe. Here are stories lyrical and savage; poems epic and intimate; essays satirical and inspirational; and ideas that have shaped the lives of millions. Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865). Gaskell's works available in Penguin Classics are Cranford, Cranford and Cousin Phillis, Gothic Tales, Mary Barton, North and South, Ruth, Sylvia's Lovers, The Life of Charlotte Bronte and Wives and Daughters.

Cranford

Cranford

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 09/09/2014

Mary Smith, a frequent visitor to the small town of Knutsford (Cranford), keeps abreast of the goings-on of the various townsfolk through her numerous correspondences with local friends. Through her letters, the relationships of the varied residents are brought to life, illuminating the intricate social fabric of this small English town.Along with North and South, Cranford is one of Elizabeth Gaskells best-known works. It has been adapted three times for television by the BBC, the most recent, in 2007, starring Dame Judi Dench and Dame Eileen Atkins as Miss Matty and Miss Deborah Jenkyns.HarperPerennial Classics brings great works of literature to life in digital format, upholding the highest standards in ebook production and celebrating reading in all its forms. Look for more titles in the HarperPerennial Classics collection to build your digital library.

Mary Barton

Mary Barton

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 09/09/2014

After the death of his wife and the disappearance of one of his daughters, millworker John Barton hopes for a better life for his daughter, Mary. Young and lovely, Mary has caught the attention of the son of a wealthy business owner, Carson. Soon after setting her mind on marriage to Carson, Mary begins to realize her true feelings lie with Jem Wilson, an intelligent young man who is quietly, but passionately, in love with her. As Mary navigates the difficulties of a working-class life, Jems life is put in danger, and it is up to Mary to find a way to rescue him.Author Elizabeth Gaskell penned Mary Barton after witnessing the devastating effects of the industrial revolution on the working class in England. Similar in theme to her popular novel North and South, Mary Barton combines a political message along with a sincere and touching love story.HarperPerennial Classics brings great works of literature to life in digital format, upholding the highest standards in ebook production and celebrating reading in all its forms. Look for more titles in the HarperPerennial Classics collection to build your digital library.

North and South

North and South

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 26/08/2014

A novel of love and social strife in northern England during the industrial revolutiona masterpiece of Victorian literature. After a decade spent living with her aunt in London, nineteen-year-old Margaret Hale returns home to her beloved village of Helstone only to discover that her pastor father has had a crisis of faith and is moving the family to the North of England. In the industrial town of Milton, Margaret is horrified by the dirty air, the shocking poverty, and the pervasive mistreatment of the working class. John Thornton, a student of Margaret's father and the self-made owner of a local textile mill, finds Margaret haughty and naive, but is drawn to her beauty nevertheless. As tensions between workers and masters mount, a strike appears inevitable. Margaret's sympathies lie with the downtrodden laborers of Milton, but her heart increasingly yearns for Thornton, whose strength and depth of character will be revealed in a time of profound crisis. Both a timeless romance and a richly detailed social novel, North and South is a masterpiece of Victorian literature. This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.

Die Geschichte des alten Kindermadchens

Die Geschichte des alten Kindermadchens

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 24/04/2014

"e;Geschichten fur schlaflose Nachte"e; bietet Ihnen die schonsten, gruseligsten, unheimlichsten und atemberaubendsten Kurzgeschichten der okkulten und ubernaturlichen Belletristik. Klassiker des Horror-, Geister- und Mystery-Genres erwachen hier zu neuem Leben. Band 1: Die Geschichte des alten KindermdchensHester, das ehemalige Kindermdchen von Miss Rosamond, erzhlt deren Kindern die Geschichte der Schwestern Grace und Maude Furnivall, die denselben Mann lieben und sich darber entzweien. Als Miss Rosamond dort lebt, wo auch die Schwestern lebten, geschehen seltsame Ereignisse, die das Kind mehr und mehr in ihren Bann ziehen. Immer fter spielt der verstorbene Lord auf seiner Orgel und ein geheimnisvolles Mdchen mchte mit Rosamond drauen im Schnee spielen ... Gnsehaut pur!

Novelist As Poet

Novelist As Poet

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 28/02/2014

Novelists stake their claim as artists on works that encapsulate a whole world of characters and narrative across many, usually hundreds of pages. Some also take in other disciplines; plays, short stories, essays but many have also written poetry. For some it is even their first love but for their audience it is too often forgotten; relegated behind their longer works. Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, The Brontes, George Eliot, Thomas Hardy are but a few of our illustrious authors who here reveal works every bit as tender, as expansive and just as good as their longer forms of work. Each would make a fine poet in their own right. We're glad to be able to bring you another side to these incredible talents.

Lizzie Liegh

Lizzie Liegh

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 07/02/2014

A poignant tale about illicit love, regret ending in delight. It deals with the story of a young girl Lizzie who commits a sin and its repercussions. Gaskell brilliantly portraits the deep and true relations of a family and ends the story with a moving reunion. Touching and emotional!

North And South

North And South

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 22/10/2013

Upon their arrival in the fictional town of Milton from their comfortable life in the rural South, Margaret Hale and her parents are struck by the harsh reality of the industrial revolution. When Margaret becomes sympathetic to the suffering of the towns mill workers and their families, she develops a resolute sense of social justice that puts her at odds with the mills owner, John Thorton.HarperPerennialClassics brings great works of literature to life in digital format, upholding the highest standards in ebook production and celebrating reading in all its forms. Look for more titles in the HarperPerennial Classics collection to build your digital library.

Cranford

Cranford

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/10/2013

Short Stories Of Elizabeth Gaskell

Short Stories Of Elizabeth Gaskell

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 23/09/2013

The short story is often viewed as an inferior relation to the Novel. But it is an art in itself. To take a story and distil its essence into fewer pages while keeping character and plot rounded and driven is not an easy task. Many try and many fail. In this series we look at short stories from many of our most accomplished writers. Miniature masterpieces with a lot to say. In this volume we examine some of the short stories of Elizabeth Gaskell. Elizabeth Gaskell is equally well known as Mrs Gaskell. When her mother died, she was three months old and she was sent to live in Knutsford, Cheshire with her Aunt Hannah, this setting would become the basis for her novel Cranford. At 22 she married and settled in Manchester to raise her family. Friends with Charlotte Bronte she went on to write her biography and was also highly regarded by a certain Charles Dickens who published her ghost stories in his magazine. Much of her work views the emerging industrial society of Victorian England through her own moral and religious values and has an uncanny ability to look at and report on the many strata of society. Some of these stories are also available as an audiobook from our sister company Word Of Mouth. Many samples are at our youtube channel http://www.youtube.com/user/PortablePoetry?feature=mhee The full volume can be purchased from iTunes, Amazon and other digital stores. Among the readers are Richard Mitchley, Eve Karpf & Ghizela Rowe

Moorland Cottage, By Elizabeth Gaskell

Moorland Cottage, By Elizabeth Gaskell

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 23/09/2013

The story of Elizabeth Gaskell's novella The Moorland Cottage takes place in a modest cottage near the town of Combehurst where Mrs. Browne lives with her two children, Edward and Maggie, along with their servant, Nancy. In her description of their daily life, Gaskell mainly insists on showing how the mother unfairly favors the boy over the girl. While she overtly spoils Edward, she keeps on treating Maggie in a very harsh way, never showing her any motherly love or tenderness. Gaskell also shows how Maggie is pushed to accept this inequality in the family and how she even starts to justify it and explain it. Near the Brownes' cottage lives the Bruxton family in a big and luxurious house. Mr. Bruxton and his good-hearted wife behave in a very humane way with their neighbors. They equally have a son and a niece, Frank and Erminia, who attempt to befriend Edward and Maggie. Yet, the Bruxtons soon discover the huge difference in character and behavior between the brother and the sister. While falling in love with Maggie's goodness and light personality, they are struck by Edward's rudeness and selfishness. Nonetheless, with time, the two families get closer and their life and future become connected. As the two families' children grow older, the readers see the impact of their childhood education on their adult personality. Maggie's interaction with the Bruxtons makes her look at things in a different way and see the faults in her brother's and mother's characters.

Sylvia's Lovers

Sylvia's Lovers

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/09/2013

'He's spoilt my life,- he's spoilt it for as long as iver I live on this earth' The compelling story of an ordinary girl's tragic passion for a man who disappears, Sylvia's Lovers (1863) is Elizabeth Gaskell's last completed novel. Set in a fictional Whitby at the end of the eighteenth century, the novel is a modern revenge tragedy in which well-intentioned actions have unforeseen and terrible human consequences. Sylvia is loved by two men, her serious cousin Philip and the charismatic sailor Charley Kinraid. When one of them betrays her, her path in life seems fixed. Against the backdrop of the Napoleonic wars and the ever-present threat of press-gangs, the story darkens when Sylvia's father is roused into vengeful violence. But this trouble proves only the precursor to a greater calamity that will radically alter Sylvia's future. Gaskell's novel, richly engaging with the legacy of the Bronte sisters, is her most extensive literary exploration of the tragic depths of unregarded, unhistoric, but vividly imagined lives. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Accursed Race

Accursed Race

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 01/09/2013

An Accursed Race by the renowned Victorian novelist and writer Elizabeth Gaskell is rather a historical essay that deals with the tragic history of the Cagots. The latter were a European group of people who lived around Western France and Northern Spain and whose existence was marked by harsh discrimination and persecution. Indeed, the Cagots were hated and rejected by other ethnic groups for no concrete reasons. Gaskell starts her narrative by making a comparison between the racism and discrimination in her English motherland and the racism of other Europeans. She then moves to the description of the various forms of mistreatment and injustice exercised on the Cagots. For instance, she informs her readers that despite the absence of any physical appearance that distinguishes the Cagots from other Europeans, they were often compelled to make themselves conspicuous in the communities in which they lived. This was by pushing them to live in isolated areas in the outskirts of towns and to sew a piece of red cloth to their clothes or to have the foot of a duck over their left shoulder in order to be distinguished from other citizens. Although the Cagots were also Christians, they had to enter churches through special doors and were not allowed to mingle with other worshippers. Generally, Gaskell expresses a strong rejection of such a racist behavior and a deep concern about the tragedy of the Cagots which is only part of history today.

Lizzie Leigh

Lizzie Leigh

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 01/09/2013

Elizabeth Gaskell's Lizzie Leigh is the sad tragedy of a young girl who, while being away from home for work in Manchester, commits the sin of adultery and becomes pregnant with an illegitimate child. She decides not to return home for fear of her harsh father's reaction. Not knowing whether her daughter is still alive, her mother decides to take her two sons and go to Manchester to look for her. The narrative then follows Lizzie's poignant existence as she tries to purge her soul from sin. Time goes by and Lizzie is still consumed by her feeling of guilt. In fact, while she has been forgiven by her family, and even by her dying, patriarchal father, Lizzie does not seem to forgive herself. Later, her illegitimate child dies and she decides to spend the rest of her life praying for forgiveness in a secluded place. Strangers in the area wonder about her mystery, yet they greatly appreciate her humble character and willingness to help others. Meanwhile, Lizzie's mother continues her search through the streets of Manchester until fate finally reunites the family. By and large, Gaskell's novella focuses mainly on the description of family roles and the nature of the relations between its different members.

North And South

North And South

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 01/09/2013

Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South is the story of Margaret Hale, the daughter of a local priest in Hampshire, whose father decides to leave his country church after a serious crisis of faith. All the events that follow happen in the fictional industrial English town named Milton to which the Hale family has moved. Thus, part of the narrative focuses on the juxtaposition between industrial areas and the countryside. Margaret is very critical of the massive industrialization swallowing English rural landscapes and the whole family is disgusted with the dirt and pollution caused by the mushrooming mills and factories. However, Margaret soon starts to like her stay in Milton, especially after making friends among the mill workers and owners of the town. Her father, Mr. Hale, now works as a tutor and one of his pupils, Mr. Thornton, becomes interested in Margaret. However, Thornton, who is a wealthy mill-owner, is often criticized by Margaret for the way he treats his employees. When one day his workers organize a strike, she advises him to go and negotiate with the mob. He is nearly attacked by them when she interferes to be hit herself. The incident has just intensified Thornton's love for Margaret and after some ups and downs, they finally decide to get married.

Round The Sofa

Round The Sofa

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 01/09/2013

Round the Sofa is the title of a two-volume collection of short stories by the famous nineteenth-century English novelist and writer Elizabeth Gaskell. It includes "e;My Lady Ludlow,"e; "e;The Half-Brothers"e; and "e;An Accursed Race."e; The latter is in the form of a historical essay that condemns the racism and the persecution exercised on a group of people named the Cagots in the west of France. "e;Round the Sofa"e; is also the title of the first short story of the collection. Narrated in the first person, "e;Round the Sofa"e; takes the form of a preface to the longer "e;My Lady Ludlow."e; The young female narrator is ill and is sent to live near the house of her doctor, Mr. Dawson. After a number of visits, the narrator befriends Mrs. Dawson and expresses her true love for her: "e;But that Mrs. Dawson! The mention of her comes into my mind like the bright sunshine into our dingy little room came on those days; -- as a sweet scent of violets greets the sorrowful passer among the woodlands."e; It is Mrs. Dawson who, after long instance from the narrator, will tell the story of Lady Ludlow, the widowed Countess of Hanbury.

Poor Clare

Poor Clare

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 01/09/2013

The Poor Clare is a collection of short stories by the English novelist and writer Elizabeth Gaskell. The stories are believed to have considerable influence on the Gothic genre. In addition to the eponymous story, the collection includes "e;The Old Nurse's Story"e; which centers around the tragedy of sixty-nine-year-old Mary McDonald who suffers from a lethal tumor and who, towards the end of her life, decides to advocate the rights of nurses. First serialized in Charles Dickens's Household Words in 1856, "e;The Poor Clare"e; is another bleak story about ghosts, witchcraft and curses. The protagonist is Bridget Fitzgerald, an Irish Catholic woman who works as a servant and who is left alone by her only daughter. When a hunter named Gisborne shoots her faithful dog dead, she curses him. The cursed man happens to be her son in law, the one her daughter left with. Thus, Bridget's own granddaughter becomes haunted by a ghostly double. When Bridget learns that she has cursed her own family, she decides to become a nun, joining the convent of the Poor Clares. Later, she starves herself to death in order to release her granddaughter from the curse.

The Poor Clare

The Poor Clare

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/08/2013

Elizabeth Gaskell

Elizabeth Gaskell

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 03/06/2013

Elizabeth Gaskell is equally well known as Mrs Gaskell. When her mother died, she was three months old and she was sent to live in Knutsford, Cheshire with her Aunt Hannah, this setting would become the basis for her novel Cranford. At 22 she married and settled in Manchester to raise her family. Friends with Charlotte Bronte she went on to write her biography and was also highly regarded by a certain Charles Dickens who published her ghost stories in his magazine. Much of her work views the emerging industrial society of Victorian England through her own moral and religious values and has an uncanny ability to look at and report on the many strata of society. This collection of Stories; Right At Last, Sexton's Hero, The Old Nurse's Story & Hand And Heart are read for you by Richard Mitchley, Eve Karpf and Ghizela Rowe.

Mary Barton

Mary Barton

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 03/06/2013

There are stark differences between rich and poor in the Manchester of Elizabeth Gaskell's novel, Mary Barton. Factory owners such as Mr Carson, do not understand the anger of their poverty stricken workers, and care little for their welfare. For the mill-workers, employment means food on the table and being one step away from starvation, but trying to gain any political power means risking a loss of livelihood. The author does not depict the owners as intrinsically wicked, but shows through her writing that it is characters like The Barton's who deserve the reader's sympathy. By the end of the novel, Mrs Gaskell proves that the rich need not be heartless.

North & South

North & South

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 03/06/2013

North & South By Elizabeth Gaskell. This classic book is brought to you with the following track listing 1, New Lives. A move to the country is followed by a surprising proposal. 2, A Change Of Circumstances; A crisis of conscience and a fait accompli for Margaret and her Mother. 3, North Versus South; A misunderstanding, family disgrace, and a grave illness. 4, Industrial unrest; A heroine falls foul of strikers as the boss's pride is wounded. 5, Thwarted Hopes; A marriage proposal snubbed and a deathbed reunion. 6, False Conclusions; Frederick seeks justice to clear his name, and a jealous lover mistakes a stranger's identity. 7, A Friend Indeed; A death leaves Elizabeth alone but help is at hand. 8, Happy At Last; A new found fortune and a just spirit unites north and south. This production is read for you by Jenny Agutter, most famously known for her role in The Railway Children. Jenny is an accomplished and multi talented actress performing on screen, stage and TV

Ruth

Ruth

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 26/04/2013

The book is a social novel, dealing with Victorian views about sin and illegitimacy. It is a surprisingly compassionate portrayal of a 'fallen woman', a type of person normally outcast from respectable society. The title of the novel refers to the main character Ruth Hilton, an orphaned young seamstress who is seduced and then abandoned by gentleman Henry Bellingham. Ruth, pregnant and alone, is taken in by a minister and his sister. They conceal her single status under the pretence of widowhood in order to protect her child from the social stigma of illegitimacy. Ruth goes on to gain a respectable position in society as a governess, which is threatened by the return of Bellingham and the revelation of her secret.

Cranford

Cranford

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 19/02/2013

A sensitive and moving portrait of a Victorian town, captured at a transitional period in English society, Cranford first appeared serially in Charles Dickens's magazine Household Words from 1851 to 1853, and in book form in 1853. Author Elizabeth Gaskell situated her stories in a hamlet very like the one in which she grew up, and her affectionate but unsentimental portraits of the residents of Cranford offer a realistic view of life and manners in an English country village during the 1830s.Cranford recounts the events and activities in the loves of a group of spinsters and widows who struggle in genteel poverty to maintain their standards of propriety, decency, and kindness. Tales of the heroism and self-sacrifice of Captain Brown, the surprisingly betrothal of Lady Glenmire, and the future for pretty but poor Miss Jessie support a web of subtle but serious themes that include the movement from aristocratic to middle-class values, the separate spheres and diverse experiences of men and women, and the curious coexistence of customs old and new in a changing society.Often referred to as Mrs. Gaskell, the author preferred Cranford to all her other works, which include a popular biography of her friend Charlotte Brontë. Praised by Charles Dickens as "e;delightful, and touched with the most tender and delicate manner,"e; the novel remains a favorite with students and aficionados of nineteenth-century literature.

Ruth

Ruth

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 11/01/2013

Ruth is a novel by Elizabeth Gaskell. Ruth is a young orphan girl working in a respectable sweatshop for the overworked Mrs Mason. She is selected to go to a ball to repair torn dresses. At the ball she meets the aristocratic Henry Bellingham, a rake figure who is instantly attracted to her. They meet again by chance and form a secret friendship; on an outing together they are spotted by Mrs Mason who, fearing for her shop's reputation, dismisses Ruth. The book is a social novel, dealing with Victorian views about sin and illegitimacy. It is a surprisingly compassionate portrayal of a 'fallen woman', a type of person normally outcast from respectable society. Ruth goes on to gain a respectable position in society as a governess. Ruth may be compared to Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel The Scarlet Letter and it anticipates Thomas Hardy's novel Tess of the d'Urbervilles. Ruth, like Tess, is a working-class girl who is distinguished from her peers by both unusual sensitivity and sexual ignorance.

Wives and Daughters

Wives and Daughters

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/11/2012

The Penguin English Library Edition of Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell Eh, miss, but that be a rare young lady! She do have such pretty coaxing ways ... Seventeen-year-old Molly Gibson worships her widowed father. But when he decides to remarry, Molly's life is thrown off course by the arrival of her vain, shallow and selfish stepmother. There is some solace in the shape of her new stepsister Cynthia, who is beautiful, sophisticated and irresistible to every man she meets. Soon the girls become close, and Molly finds herself cajoled into becoming a go-between in Cynthia's love affairs. But in doing so, Molly risks ruining her reputation in the gossiping village of Hollingford - and jeopardizing everything with the man she is secretly in love with. The Penguin English Library - 100 editions of the best fiction in English, from the eighteenth century and the very first novels to the beginning of the First World War.

Elizabeth Gaskell: The Complete Novels (Golden Deer Classics)

Elizabeth Gaskell: The Complete Novels (Golden Deer Classics)

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell, Golden Deer Classics Format: eBook Release Date: 08/10/2012

This book contains the complete novels of Elizabeth Gaskell in the chronological order of their original publication. - Mary Barton - Cranford - North and South - My Lady Ludlow - Curious, If True: Strange Tales - A Dark Night's Work - Sylvia's Lovers - Wives and Daughters

North and South

North and South

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/08/2012

Mary Barton

Mary Barton

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell, Dr. Sally Minogue Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/08/2012

Elizabeth Gaskell's first novel depicts nothing less than the great clashes between capital and labour, which arose from rapid industrialisation and problems of trade in the mid-nineteenth century. But these clashes are dramatized through personal struggles. John Barton has to reconcile his personal conscience with his socialist duty, risking his life and liberty in the process. His daughter Mary is caught between two lovers, from opposing classes - worker and manufacturer. And at the heart of the narrative lies a murder which implicates them all. 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. Elizabeth Gaskell wrote her first novel about the world in which she lived - Manchester at the height of the industrial revolution. As the wife of a Unitarian minister she was solidly middle-class; but she also had close contact with the working classes around her, sympathised with them, and represented their extreme distresses in her fiction. She is radical in taking on their dialect, imagining the realities of their lives, and placing a working woman at the centre of her fiction. If to our eyes her vision remains limited, it was an honest vision, for which she was much criticised in her own time, by her own class.

Wives and Daughters - AUK Classics

Wives and Daughters - AUK Classics

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 25/06/2012

The last novel of Elizabeth Gaskell, who also wrote Cranford. This book was not quite completed when the author died, leaving the editor, Frederick Greenwood, to complete the final section.

Old Nurse's Story and Other Tales

Old Nurse's Story and Other Tales

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 21/06/2012

A fantastic collection of eleven short stories by Victorian novelist Elizabeth Gaskell.Contains the stories: The Old Nurse's Story Clopton House The Crooked Branch Crowley Castle Curious, if True Disappearances Two Fragments of Ghost Stories The Heart of John Middleton Morton Hall The Well of Pen-Morfa The Shah's English Gardener

Mary Barton

Mary Barton

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 18/06/2012

The first published novel of famed classic author Elizabeth Gaskell, author of the ever-popular Cranford.

My Lady Ludlow

My Lady Ludlow

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 18/06/2012

A fantastic classic novella by the author of Cranford, Elizabeth Gaskell. Along with 'Cranford', 'The Last Generation in England' and 'Mr Harrison's Confessions' this was one of Gaskell's novellas that was used as source material for the teleplay for the BBC's 2007 television series 'Cranford'.

Dark Night's Work

Dark Night's Work

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 15/06/2012

A fantastic work of classic English literature from the author of Cranford, Elizabeth Gaskell.

Curious, If True

Curious, If True

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 15/06/2012

A collection of five strange fairytales by prolific Victorian author Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell.

North and South

North and South

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/04/2012

The Penguin English Library edition of North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell 'How am I to dress up in my finery, and go off and away to smart parties, after the sorrow I have seen today?' Elizabeth Gaskell's compassionate, richly dramatic novel features one of the most original and fully-rounded female characters in Victorian fiction, Margaret Hale. It shows how, forced to move from the country to an industrial northern town, she develops a passionate sense of social justice, and a turbulent relationship with mill-owner John Thornton. North and South depicts a young woman discovering herself, in a nuanced portrayal of what divides people, and what brings them together. The Penguin English Library - 100 editions of the best fiction in English, from the eighteenth century and the very first novels to the beginning of the First World War.

Stop What You re Doing and Read To Warm You in Cold Weather: Little Women And Good Wives & The Cranford Chronicles

Stop What You re Doing and Read To Warm You in Cold Weather: Little Women And Good Wives & The Cranford Chronicles

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell, Louisa May Alcott Format: eBook Release Date: 29/02/2012

To mark the publication of Stop What You're Doing and Read This!, a collection of essays celebrating reading, Vintage Classics are releasing 12 limited edition themed ebook 'bundles', to tempt readers to discover and rediscover great books. LITTLE WOMEN & GOOD WIVESLife in the March household is full of adventures and accidents as the four very different March sisters follow their varying paths to adulthood, always maintaining the special bond between them. Sensible Meg, impetuous Jo, shy Beth and artistic Amy each have to confront different challenges as they grow up together and attempt to learn how to be both happy and good.THE CRANFORD CHRONICLESFollow the small absurdities and major tragedies in the lives of the people of Cranford, a small Cheshire market town, during one extraordinary year. The railway is pushing its way relentlessly towards the town from Manchester, bringing fears of migrant workers and the breakdown of law and order. The arrival of handsome young Doctor Harrison causes yet further agitation not just because of his revolutionary methods but also because of his effect on the hearts of the ladies. Meanwhile Miss Matty's memories of long-ago heartache are rekindled.

Sylvia's Lovers

Sylvia's Lovers

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 01/07/2011

This tragic tale from Elizabeth Gaskell follows the wartime love affairs of the title character. After her true love is believed to have perished at sea, Sylvia seeks stability in a loveless arranged marriage. But does her husband know more about her first lover's fate than he is admitting?

My Lady Ludlow

My Lady Ludlow

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 01/07/2011

This beloved novella from author Elizabeth Gaskell offers a fascinating glimpse into the lives of women in the nineteenth century, particularly those who were widowed or unmarried. The lack of legal rights afforded to these women may come as a shock to contemporary readers, but Gaskell addresses the unique challenges they faced -- and often triumphed over -- with grace and keen insight.

Curious, If True

Curious, If True

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 01/07/2011

Though she began her literary career as a social realist working in the vein of her mentor Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell took a mid-career turn into the realm of supernatural writing. Curious, If True brings together a collection of Gaskell's most spine-chilling Victorian tales of horror and suspense. It's a must-read for fans of gothic mysteries.

Moorland Cottage

Moorland Cottage

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 01/07/2011

Looking for an engaging and emotionally resonant read from a novelist who was inspired by the works of both Charles Dickens and Charlotte Bronte? Elizabeth Gaskell's 1850 short novel The Moorland Cottage offers up a unflinching slice of nineteenth-century family life, with a particular focus on family dynamics in an era where sons were openly favored.

Life of Charlotte Bronte

Life of Charlotte Bronte

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 01/07/2011

Nineteenth-century novelist Elizabeth Gaskell was inspired to start writing in part through her friendship with Charlotte Bronte. Later, Gaskell took on the project of composing the first serious, full-length biography of Bronte, a work that scholars agree did much to fan the flames of Bronte's then-burgeoning reputation. The Life of Charlotte Bronte is a fascinating read for fans who want to learn more about the Jane Eyre author's life and career.

Half A Life-Time Ago

Half A Life-Time Ago

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 01/07/2011

Popular nineteenth-century writer Elizabeth Gaskell packed her fiction with the kind of riveting social details that keep contemporary readers and fans of historical drama glued to the page. This collection of short stories offers a comprehensive introduction to her body of work, which rivaled Dickens' in terms of popularity at the height of her career.

Sylvia's Lovers

Sylvia's Lovers

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 01/07/2011

This tragic tale from Elizabeth Gaskell follows the wartime love affairs of the title character. After her true love is believed to have perished at sea, Sylvia seeks stability in a loveless arranged marriage. But does her husband know more about her first lover's fate than he is admitting?

My Lady Ludlow

My Lady Ludlow

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 01/07/2011

This beloved novella from author Elizabeth Gaskell offers a fascinating glimpse into the lives of women in the nineteenth century, particularly those who were widowed or unmarried. The lack of legal rights afforded to these women may come as a shock to contemporary readers, but Gaskell addresses the unique challenges they faced -- and often triumphed over -- with grace and keen insight.

Curious, If True

Curious, If True

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 01/07/2011

Though she began her literary career as a social realist working in the vein of her mentor Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell took a mid-career turn into the realm of supernatural writing. Curious, If True brings together a collection of Gaskell's most spine-chilling Victorian tales of horror and suspense. It's a must-read for fans of gothic mysteries.

Moorland Cottage

Moorland Cottage

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 01/07/2011

Looking for an engaging and emotionally resonant read from a novelist who was inspired by the works of both Charles Dickens and Charlotte Bronte? Elizabeth Gaskell's 1850 short novel The Moorland Cottage offers up a unflinching slice of nineteenth-century family life, with a particular focus on family dynamics in an era where sons were openly favored.

Life of Charlotte Bronte

Life of Charlotte Bronte

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 01/07/2011

Nineteenth-century novelist Elizabeth Gaskell was inspired to start writing in part through her friendship with Charlotte Bronte. Later, Gaskell took on the project of composing the first serious, full-length biography of Bronte, a work that scholars agree did much to fan the flames of Bronte's then-burgeoning reputation. The Life of Charlotte Bronte is a fascinating read for fans who want to learn more about the Jane Eyre author's life and career.

Half A Life-Time Ago

Half A Life-Time Ago

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 01/07/2011

Popular nineteenth-century writer Elizabeth Gaskell packed her fiction with the kind of riveting social details that keep contemporary readers and fans of historical drama glued to the page. This collection of short stories offers a comprehensive introduction to her body of work, which rivaled Dickens' in terms of popularity at the height of her career.

Cranford

Cranford

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/06/2011

'A man ... is so in the way in the house!' A vivid and affectionate portrait of a provincial town in early Victorian England, Elizabeth Gaskell's Cranford describes a community dominated by its independent and refined women. Undaunted by poverty, but dismayed by changes brought by the railway and by new commercial practices, the ladies of Cranford respond to disruption with both suspicion and courage. Miss Matty and her sister Deborah uphold standards and survive personal tragedy and everyday dramas; innovation may bring loss, but it also brings growth, and welcome freedoms. Cranford suggests that representatives of different and apparently hostile social worlds, their minds opened by sympathy and suffering, can learn from each other. Its social comedy develops into a study of generous reconciliation, of a kind that will value the past as it actively shapes the future. This edition includes two related short pieces by Gaskell, 'The Last Generation in England' and 'The Cage at Cranford', as well as a selection from the diverse literary and social contexts in which the Cranford tales take their place. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Ruth

Ruth

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/05/2011

'I think I must be an improper woman without knowing it, I do so manage to shock people.' Elizabeth Gaskell's second novel challenged contemporary social attitudes by taking as its heroine a fallen woman. Ruth Hilton is an orphan and an overworked seamstress, an innocent preyed upon by a weak, wealthy seducer. When he heartlessly abandons her she finds shelter and kindness in the home of a dissenting minister and his sister, who do not reject her when she gives birth to an illegitimate child. But Ruth's self-sacrificing love and devotion are tested to the limit by a twist of fate that brings her past back to haunt her. Gaskell's depiction of Ruth lays bare Victorian hypocrisy and sexual double-standards, and her novel is a remarkable story of love, of the sanctuary and tyranny of the family, and of the consequences of lies and deception. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Cranford

Cranford

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 02/01/2011

This classic work from Elizabth Gaskell has been specially formatted for today's e-readers. This excellent tale is set in a small rural town, inhabited largely by women - a community that runs on co-operation and gossip. The central characters are the daughters of the former rector: Miss Deborah Jenkyns and her sister Miss Matty. In the saga, domestic peace is constantly threatened by financial disaster, burglaries (or are they?), tragic accidents, and the re-apparance of long-lost relatives.

Cranford

Cranford

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 02/01/2011

This classic work from Elizabth Gaskell has been specially formatted for today's e-readers. This excellent tale is set in a small rural town, inhabited largely by women - a community that runs on co-operation and gossip. The central characters are the daughters of the former rector: Miss Deborah Jenkyns and her sister Miss Matty. In the saga, domestic peace is constantly threatened by financial disaster, burglaries (or are they?), tragic accidents, and the re-apparance of long-lost relatives.

Cousin Phillis

Cousin Phillis

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 01/11/2010

Lauded by critics as one of the most nuanced accounts of adolescence and young adulthood to have been penned in the nineteenth century, Cousin Phillis also offers a glimpse into the lives of working-class English farmers and the deeply intertwined extended family relationships that were a fact of life during the era.

Ruth

Ruth

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 01/11/2010

Fans of social realism will appreciate the surprisingly nuanced and multi-faceted perspective on Victorian era morals and mores offered in Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell's sweeping novel Ruth. The story follows the fortune of Ruth, an orphan who is tricked into an intimate relationship with an aristocrat who later abandons her when she is pregnant with his child. Ruth, distraught, struggles with the social strictures that paint her as an irredeemable sinner. Can she and her child survive? Read Ruth to find out.

Cousin Phillis

Cousin Phillis

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 01/11/2010

Lauded by critics as one of the most nuanced accounts of adolescence and young adulthood to have been penned in the nineteenth century, Cousin Phillis also offers a glimpse into the lives of working-class English farmers and the deeply intertwined extended family relationships that were a fact of life during the era.

Ruth

Ruth

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 01/11/2010

Fans of social realism will appreciate the surprisingly nuanced and multi-faceted perspective on Victorian era morals and mores offered in Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell's sweeping novel Ruth. The story follows the fortune of Ruth, an orphan who is tricked into an intimate relationship with an aristocrat who later abandons her when she is pregnant with his child. Ruth, distraught, struggles with the social strictures that paint her as an irredeemable sinner. Can she and her child survive? Read Ruth to find out.

Wives and Daughters

Wives and Daughters

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/09/2010

Set in the watchful society of Hollingford, this is a warm tale of love and longing. Molly Gibson is the spirited, loyal daughter of the local doctor. Their peaceful close-knit home is turned upside down when Molly's father decides to remarry. Whilst Molly struggles to adjust to her snobbish stepmother, she forms a close relationship with her glamorous new stepsister Cynthia. The strength of this friendship is soon tested as their lives become entwined with Squire Hamley and his two sons.

Cranford

Cranford

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/08/2010

This beloved novel is a keenly observed portrait of small-town Victorian life. APPENDICES: A - Pre and Post Cranford Texts; Elizabeth Gaskell, The Last Generation in England ; and, Elizabeth Gaskell, The Cage at Cranford ; B - Cranford Correspondence, The Letters of Charles Dickens, The Letters of Mrs. Gaskell, The Letters of Charlotte Bronte; C - Contemporary Reviews, Tributes to Mrs. Gaskell; D - Reading in Cranford; Samuel Johnson, Rasselas (1759) and The Rambler, No. 39 (1750); Charles Dickens, The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club (1836-37), Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Locksley Hall, (1842); E - Industrialization and Moral Responsibility; Adam Smith, The Theory of Moral Sentiments , (1759), Maria Edgeworth, The Parent's Assistant , (1796), Elizabeth Gaskell, Mary Barton , (1848); and, F - Class, Conduct, and Etiquette; Charles Day, Hints on Etiquette and the Usages of Society with a Glance at Bad Habits , (1836); Anon., Etiquette for Ladies: Eighty Maxims on Dress, Manners, and Accomplishments , (1837). It also includes: G - Economies Political and Domestic; Sarah Stickney Ellis, The Women of England, Their Social Duties and Domestic Habits (1839), Eliza Acton, Modern Cookery in All its Branches, Reduced to a System of Easy Practice for the Use of Private Families , (1845), Isabella Beeton, Beeton's Book of Household Management , (1856), J.S. Mill, Principles of Political Economy , (1848), Charles Lamb, Essays of Elia (1823), Mary Russell Mitford, Our Village , (1832), and, George Eliot, Scenes of Clerical Life , (1857); H - Illustrations; Fashion: Images from Punch , Cranford Ladies: Photographs from Mrs. Ellis H. Chadwick's Mrs. Gaskell: Haunts, Homes, and Stories , 1910, Hogarth: A Rake's Progress , and, Illustrations from the 1864 edition of Cranford . The country town of Cranford is home to a diverse range of characters, whose seemingly uneventful lives are full of conflicts, failures, and unexpected connections. Miss Matty Jenkyns, the novel's main character, is a 'spinster' in straitened financial circumstances after her bank fails, but who finds a way out of her troubles with her friends' help and her own ingenuity. The novel's representation of a world at once static and changing, isolated yet vulnerable to the conflicts in the outside world, makes it enduringly popular and relevant. This edition provides a rich assortment of historical materials to put the novel in context, including Gaskell's letters while writing the novel, excerpts from texts read by the characters, illustrations from the novel and from contemporary periodicals, and other Victorian writings on industrialization etiquette, and domestic life.

Dark Night's Work

Dark Night's Work

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 01/08/2010

A writer of remarkably diverse talents, Elizabeth Gaskell produced fiction and non-fiction ranging from short stories that offered detailed cross-sections of Victorian life and society to a well-regarded biography of author Charlotte Bronte. The novel A Dark Night's Work is the engrossing apogee of Gaskell's foray into Gothic ghost stories and tales of horror. Fans of these genres won't be disappointed.

Dark Night's Work

Dark Night's Work

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 01/08/2010

A writer of remarkably diverse talents, Elizabeth Gaskell produced fiction and non-fiction ranging from short stories that offered detailed cross-sections of Victorian life and society to a well-regarded biography of author Charlotte Bronte. The novel A Dark Night's Work is the engrossing apogee of Gaskell's foray into Gothic ghost stories and tales of horror. Fans of these genres won't be disappointed.

Wives and Daughters

Wives and Daughters

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 09/07/2010

Set in English society before the 1832 Reform Bill, Wives and Daughters centres on the story of youthful Molly Gibson, brought up from childhood by her father. When he remarries a new stepsister, Cynthia, enters Molly's quiet life. Loveable but worldly and troubling, Cynthia's arrival alters Molly's daily life. The narrative traces the development of the two girls into womanhood within the gossiping and watchful society of Hollingford. Wives and Daughters is far more than a nostalgic evocation of village life; it offers an ironic critique of mid-Victorian society

Cousin Phillis and Other Stories

Cousin Phillis and Other Stories

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/03/2010

'I see her now - cousin Phillis. The westering sun shone full upon her, and made a slanting stream of light into the room within.' Elizabeth Gaskell has long been one of the most popular of Victorian novelists, yet in her lifetime her shorter fictions were equally well loved, and they are among the most accomplished examples of the genre. The novella-length Cousin Phillis is a lyrical depiction of a vanishing way of life and a girl's disappointment in love: deceptively simple, its undercurrent of feeling leaves an indelible impression. The other five stories in this selection were all written during the 1850s for Dickens's periodical Household Words. They range from a quietly original tale of urban poverty and a fallen woman in 'Lizzie Leigh' to an historical tale of a great family in 'Morton Hall'; echoes of the French Revolution, the bleakness of winter in Westmorland, and a tragic secret are brought vividly to life. Heather Glen reflects on the stories' original periodical publication and on the nineteenth-century development of the short story in her Introduction to these immensely readable and sophisticated tales. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Wives and Daughters

Wives and Daughters

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 01/02/2010

Can't get enough of nineteenth-century British romance? Lovers of books like Pride and Prejudice and Wuthering Heights should give Elizabeth Gaskell's Wives and Daughters a try. This tale follows the romantic ups and downs of Molly Gibson, a doctor's daughter who lives in a small English village and is trying desperately to find the right husband.

Wives and Daughters

Wives and Daughters

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 01/02/2010

Can't get enough of nineteenth-century British romance? Lovers of books like Pride and Prejudice and Wuthering Heights should give Elizabeth Gaskell's Wives and Daughters a try. This tale follows the romantic ups and downs of Molly Gibson, a doctor's daughter who lives in a small English village and is trying desperately to find the right husband.

North and South

North and South

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/12/2009

`she tried to settle that most difficult problem for women, how much was to be utterly merged in obedience to authority, and how much might be set apart for freedom in working.' North and South is a novel about rebellion. Moving from the industrial riots of discontented millworkers through to the unsought passions of a middle-class woman, and from religious crises of conscience to the ethics of naval mutiny, it poses fundamental questions about the nature of social authority and obedience. Through the story of Margaret Hale, the middle-class southerner who moves to the northern industrial town of Milton, Gaskell skilfully explores issues of class and gender in the conflict between Margaret's ready sympathy with the workers and her growing attraction to the charismatic mill ownder, John Thornton. This new revised and expanded edition sets the novel in the context of Victorian social and medical debate. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Mary Barton

Mary Barton

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 01/08/2009

The first novel by English writer Elizabeth Gaskell, Mary Barton was published in 1848. It tells of the plight of the lower class in Manchester during the 1830s and 1840s. Contrasting the gap between rich and poor, the first half of the novel tells of the humble lives of the Barton and Wilson families, the extreme poverty of the Davenports and the luxurious life of the Carsons. Symbolically, John Barton receives five shillings for selling most of his worldly possessions; Henry Carson has this as loose change in his pocket. The second half of the novel comes to grips with a plot to murder.

Cranford

Cranford

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 01/08/2009

The novel Cranford grew out of a short story (now the first two chapters) and it reads like a series of episodes in the fictional town of Cranford. The central characters are Mary Smith and her friends, the spinster sisters Miss Matty and Miss Deborah. It is a quaint, comedic ode to small town life, and remains Gaskell's most famous work.

Mary Barton

Mary Barton

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 01/08/2009

The first novel by English writer Elizabeth Gaskell, Mary Barton was published in 1848. It tells of the plight of the lower class in Manchester during the 1830s and 1840s. Contrasting the gap between rich and poor, the first half of the novel tells of the humble lives of the Barton and Wilson families, the extreme poverty of the Davenports and the luxurious life of the Carsons. Symbolically, John Barton receives five shillings for selling most of his worldly possessions; Henry Carson has this as loose change in his pocket. The second half of the novel comes to grips with a plot to murder.

Cranford

Cranford

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 01/08/2009

The novel Cranford grew out of a short story (now the first two chapters) and it reads like a series of episodes in the fictional town of Cranford. The central characters are Mary Smith and her friends, the spinster sisters Miss Matty and Miss Deborah. It is a quaint, comedic ode to small town life, and remains Gaskell's most famous work.

The Life of Charlotte Bronte

The Life of Charlotte Bronte

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/06/2009

'It is in every way worthy of what one great woman should have written of another.' Patrick Bronte Elizabeth Gaskell's The Life of Charlotte Bronte (1857) is a pioneering biography of one great Victorian woman novelist by another. Gaskell was a friend of Charlotte Bronte, and, having been invited to write the offical life, determined both to tell the truth and to honour her friend. She contacted those who had known Charlotte and travelled extensively in England and Belgium to gather material. She wrote from a vivid accumulation of letters, interviews, and observation, establishing the details of Charlotte's life and recreating her background. Through an often difficult and demanding process, Gaskell created a vital sense of a life hidden from the world. This edition is based on the Third Edition of 1857, revised by Gaskell. It has been collated with the manuscript, and the previous two editions, as well as with Charlotte Bront 'e's letters, and thus offers fuller information about the process of composition than any previous edition. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

The Life of Charlotte Bronte

The Life of Charlotte Bronte

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/03/2009

When Charlotte Bronte died in 1855, her father the Rev. Patrick Bronte, a widower for nearly 35 years asked Mrs Gaskell to write a life of his daughter. If, by so doing, he wished to obtain a fitting and imperishable memorial to Charlotte's genius, he could not have sought a more willing ally. Mrs Gaskell made the acquaintance of Charlotte in the summer of 1850 and the two gifted writers, though wholly different in both temperament and particular talent, found in each other a true and affectionate friend. Mrs Gaskell's Life shows a deep understanding of human nature and this, together with her own literary endowment and the affection she had for Charlotte and the Bronte family, enabled her to produce what has long been regarded as a classic of English biography as well as the portrait of a very remarkable women and an eminently distinguished literary figure. By the warmth of its sympathy, by its sense of character and its narrative power, The Life of Charlotte Bronte has left an indelible impression on generations of readers. This edition is a reprint of the original, unexpurgated first and second editions of 1857.

North and South

North and South

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/2009

North and South draws on Gaskell's own experiences of the poverty and hardship of life in the industrial north of England. Her heroine, Margaret Hale, is taken from the wealthy south by her nonconformist minister father, to live in a fictional northern town. The stark differences are explored through Margaret's abrupt change in circumstance, and her sympathetic reaction to the plight of the northerners. She comes into conflict with a local mill owner who proposes marriage to her. The two undergo a series of misunderstandings and changes of heart before they are reunited.

North and South

North and South

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/2009

North and South draws on Gaskell's own experiences of the poverty and hardship of life in the industrial north of England. Her heroine, Margaret Hale, is taken from the wealthy south by her nonconformist minister father, to live in a fictional northern town. The stark differences are explored through Margaret's abrupt change in circumstance, and her sympathetic reaction to the plight of the northerners. She comes into conflict with a local mill owner who proposes marriage to her. The two undergo a series of misunderstandings and changes of heart before they are reunited.

Wives and Daughters

Wives and Daughters

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/12/2008

Wives and Daughters, Elizabeth Gaskell's last novel, is regarded by many as her masterpiece. Molly Gibson is the daughter of the doctor in the small provincial town of Hollingford. Her widowed father marries a second time to give Molly the woman's presence he feels she lacks, but until the arrival of Cynthia, her dazzling step-sister, Molly finds her situation hard to accept. Intertwined with the story of the Gibsons is that of Squire Hamley and his two sons; as Molly grows up and falls in love she learns to judge people for what they are, not what they seem. Through Molly's observations the hierarchies, social values, and social changes of early nineteenth-century English life are made vivid in a novel that is timeless in its representation of human relationships. This edition, the first to be based in the original Cornhill Magazine serialization of 1864-6, draws on a full collation of the manuscript to present the most accurate text so far available. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Mary Barton

Mary Barton

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/12/2008

'It's the masters as has wrought this woe; it's the masters as should pay for it.' Set in Manchester in the 1840s - a period of industrial unrest and extreme deprivation - Mary Barton depicts the effects of economic and physical hardship upon the city's working-class community. Paralleling the novel's treatment of the relationship between masters and men, the suffering of the poor, and the workmen's angry response, is the story of Mary herself: a factory-worker's daughter who attracts the attentions of the mill-owner's son, she becomes caught up in the violence of class conflict when a brutal murder forces her to confront her true feelings and allegiances. Mary Barton was praised by contemporary critics for its vivid realism, its convincing characters and its deep sympathy with the poor, and it still has the power to engage and move readers today. This edition reproduces the last edition of the novel supervised by Elizabeth Gaskell and includes her husband's two lectures on the Lancashire dialect. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Cranford

Cranford

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2008

Part of Penguin's beautiful hardback Clothbound Classics series, designed by the award-winning Coralie Bickford-Smith, these delectable and collectible editions are bound in high-quality colourful, tactile cloth with foil stamped into the design. Gaskell's best known work is set in a small rural town, inhabited largely by women. This is a community that runs on cooperation and gossip, at the very heart of which are the daughters of the former rector: Miss Deborah Jenkyns and her sister Miss Matty. But domestic peace is constantly threatened in the form of financial disaster, imagined burglaries, tragic accidents, and the reapparance of long-lost relatives.

Tales of Mystery & the Macabre

Tales of Mystery & the Macabre

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell, David Stuart Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/09/2008

With an Introduction by David Stuart Davies. 'In the great mirror opposite I saw myself, and right behind, another wicked fearful self, so like me my soul seemed to quiver within me, as though not knowing to which similitude of body it belonged'. Elizabeth Gaskell is better known today for her pioneering social novels such as Mary Barton (1848) but she also wrote some fascinating tales of the supernatural and the macabre, which are collected here in this volume. The real charm of this dark anthology is its variety. Unlike so many writers of this kind of material, Gaskell allows the story to fit the style rather than the other way around and as result there is a charming freshness to each tale. This remarkable author uses different voices, tones and topics to engage her readers and as you turn from one story to the next you cannot be quite sure what to expect.

Mary Barton

Mary Barton

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/05/2008

This 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.

North and South

North and South

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell, Jenny Uglow Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/03/2008

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY JENNY UGLOW Milton is a sooty, noisy northern town centred around the cotton mills that employ most of its inhabitants. Arriving from a rural idyll in the south, Margaret Hale is initially shocked by the social unrest and poverty she finds in her new hometown. However, as she begins to befriend her neighbours, and her stormy relationship with the mill-owner John Thornton develops, she starts to see Milton in a different light.

Mary Barton

Mary Barton

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/03/2008

Mary Barton is the pretty daughter of a factory worker who finds herself dreaming of a better life when the mill-owner's charming son, Henry, starts to court her. She rejects her childhood friend Jem's affections in the hope of marrying Henry and escaping from the hard and bitter life that is the fate of the workers, who are resentfully dependent on the callous mill-owners for their livelihoods. But when Henry is shot dead in the street Jem becomes the prime suspect and Mary finds her loyalties tested to the limit.

Level 6: North and South

Level 6: North and South

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/02/2008

Classic / British English Life changes completely for Margaret Hale and her parents when they move to a smoky northern city. There, Margaret meets Mr Thornton, a wealthy cotton mill owner, and dislikes him immediately. But the mill owner falls passionately in love with her. Then his workers strike. Against a background of industrial drama and personal tragedy, is there any hope for Mr Thornton's dream?

Lizzie Leigh & A Dark Night's Work Nonsuch Classics

Lizzie Leigh & A Dark Night's Work Nonsuch Classics

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2008

Opening with the death of James Leigh on Christmas Morning, 'Lizzie Leigh' tells the story of his family, and in particular his estranged daughter, the eponymous Lizzie, who disappeared from their lives when she became pregnant out of wedlock. When he dies, they go to Manchester to look for her and her brother, Will, falls in love with the respectable Susan Palmer, but feels he cannot declare his love because of his sister's disgrace. Elizabeth Gaskell here deals with important issues that were often ignored during the Victorian era. In 'A Dark Night's Work,' Edward Wilkins, a rich attorney, wants only the best for his daughter, Ellinor, who is in love with Ralph Corbet, despite Ralph's father believing an attorney's daughter to be beneath him. In a moment of passion Edward kills his partner, Mr Dunster, who had been embezzling his money and thus threatening Ellinor's chances of marrying the man she loves. It is a classic tale of the timeless themes of love and guilt.

Oxford Bookworms Library: Level 4:: Cranford

Oxford Bookworms Library: Level 4:: Cranford

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell, Kate Mattock Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/12/2007

The most consistent of all series in terms of language control, length, and quality of story. David R. Hill, Director of the Edinburgh Project on Extensive Reading.

Round the Sofa Nonsuch Classics

Round the Sofa Nonsuch Classics

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/12/2007

The narrator, Miss Greatorex, is invited to join a party of friends who meet on a weekly basis 'round the sofa' in Mrs Dawson's house. When Mrs Dawson mentions her cousin Lady Ludlow, Miss Greatorex wants to find out more about her and the storytelling begins.

Cranford Nonsuch Classics

Cranford Nonsuch Classics

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2007

Presents a collection of linked short stories about the inhabitants of the eponymous small provincial town. Interweaving comic episodes with social comment, this title is a celebration of the better side of human nature, in which kindness and generosity of spirit triumph over adversity.

Cousin Phillis Nonsuch Classics

Cousin Phillis Nonsuch Classics

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2007

Paul Manning becomes clerk to the engineer of a new railway line, Mr Holdsworth. Manning introduces Holdsworth to his distant relative, the Holmans. The engineer and Phillis Holman fall in love, although neither declares their feelings to the other. Holdsworth confides to Manning that it is his intention to ask for Phillis' hand in marriage.

The Cranford Chronicles

The Cranford Chronicles

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/10/2007

In this witty and poignant story the railway is pushing its way relentlessly towards the town from Manchester, bringing fears of migrant workers and the breakdown of law and order. The arrival of handsome young Doctor Harrison causes yet further agitation not just because of his revolutionary methods but also because of his effect on the hearts of the ladies. Meanwhile Miss Matty Jenkyns nurses her own broken heart after she was forced to give up the man she loved when she was a young girl.

Mary Barton (stage version)

Mary Barton (stage version)

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/09/2006

Set in Manchester between 1837-42, Elizabeth Gaskell's first novel paints a powerful and moving picture of working-class life in Victorian England. It concerns Mary Barton, a millworker's daughter, anxious to rise through the ranks, and her father, who commits murder to thwart her ambition - an episode based on the actual murder in 1831 of a progressive millowner. Like its companion novel, North and South , Mary Barton offers a stirring narrative with real insight into the lives of the Victorian working classes: it was published the same year, 1848, as the Communist Manifesto . Rona Munro, already well-known for a strand of gritty realism in plays such as Iron , set in a women's prison, has been commissioned by the prestigious Manchester Royal Exchange to adapt Mary Barton for their impressive theatre-in-the-round. It opens in September 2006.

Cranford

Cranford

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/2006

Cranford is Elizabeth Gaskell's gently comic picture of life and manners in an English country village during the 1830s. It describes the small adventures in the lives of two middle-aged sisters in reduced circumstances, Matilda and Deborah Jenkyns, who do their best to maintain their standards of propriety, decency, and kindness. At the center of the novel is Miss Matty, whose warm heart and tender ways compel affection and regard from everyone around her. Also revealed are the foibles and attributes of the pompous Mrs. Jamieson and her awesome butler, the genial Captain Brown, the loyal housemaid Martha, and others. Using an intimate, gossipy voice that never turns sentimental, Gaskell skillfully conveys the old-fashioned habits, subtle class distinctions, and genteel poverty of the townspeople. Cranford is one of the author's best-loved works.

Wives and Daughters

Wives and Daughters

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/2006

Set in nineteenth-century England, Wives and Daughters centers on the story of the youthful Molly Gibson, raised by her doctor father. When he remarries, a new stepsister enters Molly's quiet life, the loveable but worldly and troubling Cynthia. The narrative traces the development of the two girls into womanhood within the gossiping and watchful society of Hollingford. Wives and Daughters, generally thought to be Elizabeth Gaskell's finest achievement, is far more than a nostalgic evocation of village life. It offers an ironic critique of mid-Victorian society through the themes of Darwinism, the role of women, and the concept of Englishness.

My Lady Ludlow

My Lady Ludlow

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 30/08/2005

Lady Ludlow is absolute mistress of Hanbury Court and a resolute opponent of anything that might disturb the class system into which she was born. She will keep no servant who can read and write and insists that the lower orders have no rights, but only duties. But the winds of change are blowing through the village of Hanbury. The vicar, Mr. Gray, wishes to start a Sunday school for religious reasons; Mr. Horner wants to educate the citizens for economic reasons. But Lady Ludlow is not as rigid as one may think.

Cranford

Cranford

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/06/2005

From the author of North and South and Mary Barton, Elizabeth Gaskell's Cranford is a standalone publication of Elizabeth Gaskell's best-known work, with a critical introduction by Patricia Ingham in Penguin Classics. Cranford depicts the lives and preoccupations of the inhabitants of a small village - their petty snobberies, appetite for gossip, and loyal support for each other in times of need This is a community that runs on cooperation and gossip, at the very heart of which are the daughters of the former rector: Miss Deborah Jenkyns and her sister Miss Matty, But domestic peace is constantly threatened in the form of financial disaster, imagined burglaries, tragic accidents, and the reapparance of long-lost relatives. to Lady Glenmire, who shocks everyone by marrying the doctor. When men do appear, such as 'modern' Captain Brown or Matty's suitor from the past, they bring disruption and excitement to the everyday life of Cranford. In her introduction, Patricia Ingham places the novel in its literary and historical context, and discusses the theme of female friendship and Gaskell's narrative technique. This edition also contains an account of Gaskell's childhood in Knutsford, on which Cranford is based, appendices on fashion and domestic duties supplemented by illustrations, a chronology of Gaskell's life and works, suggestions for further reading, and explanatory notes. Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-65) was born in London, but grew up in the north of England in the village of Knutsford. In 1832 she married the Reverend William Gaskell and had four daughters, and one son who died in infancy. Her first novel, Mary Barton, was published in 1848, winning the attention of Charles Dickens, and most of her later work was published in his journals. She was also a lifelong friend of Charlotte Bronte, whose biography she wrote. If you enjoyed Cranford, you may like Jane Austen's Mansfield Park, also available in Penguin Classics.

Cranford & Selected Short Stories

Cranford & Selected Short Stories

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell, John Chapple Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/11/2004

With an Introduction and Notes by Professor Emeritus John Chapple, University of Hull. The sheer variety and accomplishment of Elizabeth Gaskell's shorter fiction is amazing. This new volume contains six of her finest stories that have been selected specifically to demonstrate this, and to trace the development of her art. As diverse in setting as in subject matter, these tales move from the gentle comedy of life in a small English country town in Dr Harrison's Confessions, to atmospheric horror in far north-west Wales with The Doom of the Griffiths. The story of Cousin Phillis, her masterly tale of love and loss, is a subtle, complex and perceptive analysis of changes in English national life during an industrial age, while the gripping Lois the Witch recreates the terrors of the Salem witchcraft trials in seventeenth-century New England, as Gaskell shrewdly shows the numerous roots of this furious outbreak of delusion. Whimsically modified fairy tales are set in a French chateau, while an engaging love story poetically evokes peasant life in wine-growing Germany.

North and South

North and South

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell, Alan Shelston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/11/2004

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 Chronology and Selected Bibliography are also included.

Gothic Tales

Gothic Tales

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell, Laura Kranzler, Laura Kranzler Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/08/2000

Elizabeth Gaskell's chilling Gothic tales blend the real and the supernatural to eerie, compelling effect. 'Disappearances', inspired by local legends of mysterious vanishings, mixes gossip and fact; 'Lois the Witch', a novella based on an account of the Salem witch hunts, shows how sexual desire and jealousy lead to hysteria; while in 'The Old Nurse's Story' a mysterious child roams the freezing Northumberland moors. Whether darkly surreal, such as 'The Poor Clare', where an evil doppelganger is formed by a woman's bitter curse, or mischievous like 'Curious, if True', a playful reworking of fairy tales, all the stories in this volume form a stark contrast to the social realism of Gaskell's novels, revealing a darker and more unsettling style of writing.

Wives and Daughters

Wives and Daughters

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell, Dinny Thorold Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/11/1999

With an Introduction and Notes by Dinny Thorold, University of Westminster Gaskell's last novel, widely considered her masterpiece, follows the fortunes of two families in nineteenth century rural England. At its core are family relationships - father, daughter and step-mother, father and sons, father and step-daughter - all tested and strained by the romantic entanglements that ensue. Despite its underlying seriousness, the prevailing tone is one of comedy. Gaskell vividly portrays the world of the late 1820s and the forces of change within it, and her vision is always humane and progressive. The story is full of acute observation and sympathetic character-study: the feudal squire clinging to old values, his naturalist son welcoming the new world of science, the local doctor and his scheming second wife, the two girls brought together by their parent's marriage...

Mary Barton

Mary Barton

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell, Jennifer Foster Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/1999

Mary Barton first appeared in 1848, and has since become one of the best known novels on the 'condition of England,' part of a nineteenth-century British trend to understand the enormous cultural, economic and social changes wrought by industrialization. Gaskell's work had great importance to the labour and reform movements, and it influenced writers such as Charles Dickens, Thomas Carlyle and Charlotte Bronte.The plot of Mary Barton concerns the poverty and desperation of England's industrial workers. Fundamentally, however, it revolves around Mary's personal conflicts. She is already divided between an affection for an industrialist's son, Henry Carson, and for a man of her own class, Jem Wilson. But Mary's conflict escalates when her father, a committed trade unionist, is asked to assassinate Henry, who is the son of his unjust employer.

The Life of Charlotte Bronte

The Life of Charlotte Bronte

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell, Elisabeth Jay, Elisabeth Jay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/01/1998

Elizabeth Gaskell's biography of her close friend Charlotte Bronte was published in 1857 to immediate popular acclaim, and remains the most significant study of the enigmatic author who gave Jane Eyre the subtitle An Autobiography. It recounts Charlotte Bronte's life from her isolated childhood, through her years as a writer who had 'foreseen the single life' for herself, to her marriage at thirty-eight and death less than a year later. The resulting work - the first full-length biography of a woman novelist by a woman novelist - explored the nature of Charlotte's genius and almost single-handedly created the Bronte myth.

Ruth

Ruth

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell, Angus Easson, Angus Easson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/07/1997

Ruth Hilton is an orphaned young seamstress who catches the eye of a gentleman, Henry Bellingham, who is captivated by her simplicity and beauty. When she loses her job and home, he offers her comfort and shelter, only to cruelly desert her soon after. Nearly dead with grief and shame, Ruth is offered the chance of a new life among people who give her love and respect, even though they are at first unaware of her secret - an illegitimate child. When Henry enters her life again, however, Ruth must make the impossible choice between social acceptance and personal pride. In writing Ruth, Elizabeth Gaskell daringly confronted prevailing views about sin and illegitimacy with her compassionate and honest portrait of a 'fallen woman'.

Sylvia's Lovers

Sylvia's Lovers

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell, Shirley Foster, Shirley Foster Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/11/1996

Elizabeth Gaskell's only historical novel, Sylvia's Lovers, is set in 1790 in the seaside town of Monkshaven (Whitby) where press-gangs wreak havoc by seizing young men for service in the Napoleonic wars. One of their victims is whaling harpooner, 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. With its themes of suffering, unrequited love, and the clash between desire and duty, Sylvia's Lovers is one of the most powerfully moving of all Gaskell's novels, reputedly described by its author as 'the saddest story I ever wrote'.

Mary Barton A Tale of Manchester Life

Mary Barton A Tale of Manchester Life

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/10/1996

Elizabeth Gaskell's remarkable first novel, Mary Barton: A Tale of Manchester Life portrays a love that defies the rigid boundaries of class with tragic consequences. This Penguin Classics edition is edited with an introduction and notes by MacDonald Daly. Mary Barton, the daughter of disillusioned trade unionist, rejects her working-class lover Jem Wilson in the hope of marrying Henry Carson, the mill owner's son, and making a better life for herself and her father. But when Henry is shot down in the street and Jem becomes the main suspect, Mary finds herself painfully torn between the two men. Through Mary's dilemma, and the moving portrayal of her father, the embittered and courageous Chartist agitator John Barton, Mary Barton powerfully dramatizes the class divides of the 'hungry forties' as personal tragedy. In its social and political setting, it looks towards Elizabeth Gaskell's great novels of the industrial revolution, in particular North and South. Macdonald Daly's introduction discusses Gaskell's first novel as a pioneering work in the recognition of the conditions of the poor and working class; this edition also contains full notes and a chronology of Gaskell's life. Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-65) was born in London, but grew up in the north of England in the village of Knutsford. In 1832 she married the Reverend William Gaskell and had four daughters, and one son who died in infancy. Her first novel, Mary Barton, was published in 1848, winning the attention of Charles Dickens, and most of her later work was published in his journals. She was also a lifelong friend of Charlotte Bronte, whose biography she wrote. If you enjoyed Mary Barton, you might like George Eliot's The Mill on the Floss, also available in Penguin Classics.

Wives and Daughters

Wives and Daughters

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell, Pam Morris, Pam Morris Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/05/1996

Elizabeth Gaskell's Wives and Daughters is a story of romance, scandal and intrigue within the confines of a watchful, gossiping English village during the early nineteenth century. This Penguin Classics edition is edited with an introduction and notes by Pam Morris. When seventeen-year-old Molly Gibson's widowed father remarries, her life is turned upside down by the arrival of her vain, manipulative stepfather. She also acquires an intriguing new stepsister, Cynthia, glamorous, sophisticated and irresistible to every man she meets. The two girls begin to confide in one another and Molly soon finds herself a go-between in Cynthia's love affairs - but in doing so risks losing both her own reputation and the man she secretly loves. Set in English society before the 1832 Reform Bill, Elizabeth Gaskell's last novel - considered to be her finest - demonstrates an intelligent and compassionate understanding of human relationships, and offers a witty, ironic critique of mid-Victorian society. This text is based on the 1866 Cornhill Magazine version of the novel. It also includes notes on textual variants between this edition and the original manuscript, a note on the story's ending and an introduction discussing the novel's challenging investigation of themes of Englishness, Darwinism and masculine authority. Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-65) was born in London, but grew up in the north of England in the village of Knutsford. In 1832 she married the Reverend William Gaskell and had four daughters, and one son who died in infancy. Her first novel, Mary Barton, was published in 1848, winning the attention of Charles Dickens, and most of her later work was published in his journals, including Cranford (1853), serialised in Dickens's Household Words. She was also a lifelong friend of Charlotte Bronte, whose biography she wrote. If you enjoyed Wives and Daughters, you might like Thomas Hardy's The Return of the Native, also available in Penguin Classics. 'No nineteenth-century novel contains a more devastating rejection than this of the Victorian male assumption of moral authority' Pam Morris

North and South

North and South

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/01/1996

As relevant now as when it was first published, Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South skilfully weaves a compelling love story into a clash between the pursuit of profit and humanitarian ideals. This Penguin Classics edition is edited with an introduction by Patricia Ingham. When her father leaves the Church in a crisis of conscience, Margaret Hale is uprooted from her comfortable home in Hampshire to move with her family to the North of England. Initially repulsed by the ugliness of her new surroundings in the industrial town of Milton, Margaret becomes aware of the poverty and suffering of local mill workers and develops a passionate sense of social justice. This is intensified by her tempestuous relationship with the mill-owner and self-made man John Thornton, as their fierce opposition over his treatment of his employees masks a deeper attraction. In North and South Gaskell skilfully fused individual feeling with social concern, and in Margaret Hale created one of the most original heroines of Victorian literature. In her introduction Patricia Ingham examines Elizabeth Gaskell's treatment of geographical, economic and class differences, and the male and female roles portrayed in the novel. This edition also includes further reading, notes and a useful glossary. Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-65) was born in London, but grew up in the north of England in the village of Knutsford. In 1832 she married the Reverend William Gaskell and had four daughters, and one son who died in infancy. Her first novel, Mary Barton, was published in 1848, winning the attention of Charles Dickens, and most of her later work was published in his journals, including Cranford (1853), serialised in Dickens's Household Words. She was also a lifelong friend of Charlotte Bronte, whose biography she wrote. If you enjoyed North and South, you might like Jane Austen's Persuasion, also available in Penguin Classics. '[An] admirable story ... full of character and power' Charles Dickens

Mary Barton

Mary Barton

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/06/1994

Published in 1848, MARY BARTON was the first novel of Elizabeth Gaskell, later to become celebrated as the author of CRANFORD, MARY BARTON - a better book than CRANFORD - was written after she has married a Manchester clergyman, and it combines a typically sturdy romantic plot with striking descriptions of working people and their lives as she had encountered them in northern mills. Despite this grim setting, the book has all this author's well-known charm and considerable power to involve the reader in the lives of her characters. More accessible than George Eliot, less frenzied than Charlotte Bronte, Mrs Gaskell is a novelist whose wit, human warmth and sharp eye for detail bring ordinary experience to vivid life.

North and South

North and South

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell, Dr. Patsy Stoneham Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/04/1993

With an Introduction and Notes by Dr Patsy Stoneman, University of Hull. Set in the mid-19th century, and written from the author's first-hand experience, North and South follows the story of the heroine's movement from the tranquil but moribund ways of southern England to the vital but turbulent north. Elizabeth Gaskell's skilful narrative uses an unusual love story to show how personal and public lives were woven together in a newly industrial society. This is a tale of hard-won triumphs - of rational thought over prejudice and of humane care over blind deference to the market. Readers in the twenty-first century will find themselves absorbed as this Victorian novel traces the origins of problems and possibilities which are still challenging a hundred and fifty years later: the complex relationships, public and private, between men and women of different classes.

Gaskell: North and South

Gaskell: North and South

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/08/1992

Part of a series of literature guides designed for GCSE coursework requirements, this book contains - author details, background to the work, summaries of the text, critical commentaries, analysis of characterization, and sample questions with guideline answers.

Wives and Daughters (BBC Radio 4: Woman's Hour Drama)

Wives and Daughters (BBC Radio 4: Woman's Hour Drama)

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Elizabeth Gaskell's classic novel of everyday provincial life in the 1820s, 'Wives and Daughters', first broadcast in the 'Woman's Hour Drama' slots from 29 November 2010 - 10 December 2010. 'Wives and Daughters' was written in the 1860s and serialised in the Cornhill Magazine. It is set in the 1820s and deals to a large extent with the position of women in society. Elizabeth Gaskell left it unfinished, so any dramatiser of the novel is faced with guessing the intended outcome of the story. This BBC Radio 4 adaptation by Theresa Heskins stars Deborah McAndrew as Lily Gaskell, Emerald O'Hanrahan as Molly Gibson and Jamie Newall as Dr Gibson. Also included amongst the cast are Julia Hills, Claire Neilson, Marian Kemmer, Susan Jeffrey, Kate Layden and Henry Devas. Produced and directed by Peter Leslie Wild.

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