North and South (Penguin Classics)

By | October 30, 2017
North and South (Penguin Classics) Author Elizabeth Gaskell
ISBN-10 0140434240
ISBN-13 9780140434248
Year 1996-06-01
Pages 480
Language English
Publisher Penguin Classics
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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 Bront 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

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