North and South - Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell (Paperback)

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Barcode
9780486479521
Department
Books
Released
13 Jun 2012
Supply Source
UK

Book

Authors
Elizabeth Gaskell
Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
Binding
Paperback
Publisher
Dover Pubns
Series
Dover Books on Literature and Drama
Language
English
Number of Pages
455
Dimensions
210 x 127 x 25mm (454g)

Summary

  • A crisis of conscience uproots a clergyman's family from the pastoral beauty of the south, sending them to a dreary city in the industrial north. Margaret Hale is initially appalled by the unrefined town of Milton and its population of factory workers. But after befriending a local family, she develops a sense of sympathy for the struggles of the poor. The demands of Margaret's awakening social conscience are further challenged by her attraction to John Thornton, self-made man and wealthy factory owner.
    Praised by Charles Dickens as an "admirable story, full of character and power," Elizabeth Gaskell's 1855 novel unfolds across the social divides of a changing world. The romance between the haughty but sensitive heroine and an intelligent, dynamic man of lower social status touches upon political, philosophical, and economic issues. An unflinching depiction of the bleak conditions of the working poor as well as a commentary on the mid-Victorian era's class conflicts, this richly textured tale raises timeless questions about the nature of social authority and protest.

Fiction

General Subject
Literature/Classics
BISAC Subject 1
Fiction / Classics
BIC Classification 1
Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
Library Subject 1
Young women; Fiction.
Library Subject 2
Mothers and daughters; Fiction.
Library Subject 3
Children of clergy; Fiction.
Academic Subject 1
19Th Century English Novel And Short Story
Academic Subject 2
Gaskell, Elizabeth Cleghorn, 1810-1865
Dewey Classification
823/.8

Author Bio

Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell (1810-65) was a major Victorian novelist whose works have provided readers with endless enjoyment and social historians with enormous insight into English life in the mid-19th century. Her major works include Cranford and Wives and Daughters, in addition to the first biography of her fellow novelist Charlotte Bronte.