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Wives and Daughters - Compact Editions by Elizabeth Gaskell
  

Wives and Daughters - Compact Editions

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Molly Gibson finds her life turned upside down when her widowed father remarries bringing a new step-mother and step-sister in to her home. This Compact Edition omits or cuts down some of the groupings of minor characters and background descriptions which do not relate to the main action and there are some reductions to overlong dialogue.

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Wives and Daughters - Compact Editions by Elizabeth Gaskell

Young Molly Gibson's life is overturned when her previously doting father remarries, bringing with him a manipulative step-mother and a sophisticated but troubled step-sister.

Can Molly keep her head when she becomes the centre of attention in a community rife with gossip? She finds herself acting as a go-between in her step-sister's love affairs - and in doing so risks destroying her reputation and her own chance of love and happiness?

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.

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Book Info

Publication date

3rd May 2007

Author

Elizabeth Gaskell

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Publisher

Orion Publishing Co

Format

Paperback (b Format)

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ISBN

9780753822722

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