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Ruth - Elizabeth Gaskell (Paperback)

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Description

Ruth Hilton, an orphan and dressmaker's assistant, is seduced and then heartlessly deserted by the wealthy Henry Bellingham. A dissenting minister advises her to pass as a widow and be employed as a governess with the tyrannical Mr Bradshaw. However, the deceit brings grievous consequences.

Product Details

Barcode
9780140434309
Department
Books
Released
1 Mar 1998
Supply Source
UK

Book

Authors
Elizabeth Gaskell
Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
Angus Easson (Editor)
Angus Easson (Introduction by)
Angus Easson (Contributor)
Binding
Paperback
Publisher
Penguin Group USA
Series
Penguin Classics
Language
English
Number of Pages
394
Dimensions
210 x 127 x 19mm (295g)

Annotation

Orphaned heroine Ruth, apprenticed to a dressmaker, is seduced and then abandoned by wealthy young Henry Bellingham in this novel addressing the nature and sensibility of a "fallen woman."

Summary

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'.

Fiction

General Subject
Literature/Classics
BISAC Subject 1
Fiction / Classics
BIC Classification 1
Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
Library Subject 1
Women
Library Subject 2
England
Library Subject 3
Social life and customs
Academic Subject 1
Gaskell, Elizabeth Cleghorn, 1810-1865
Dewey Classification
823/.8

Author Bio

Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-65) wrote her first novel, MARY BARTON, in 1848 as a distraction from her sorrow at the death of her only son in infancy. It won the attention of Dickens and was followed by 5 other full-length novels as well as numerous short stories and novellas.

Angus Easson is Professor of English at Salford University. He has written widely on Elizabeth Gaskell.