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Mary Barton : World's Classics - Elizabeth Gaskell

Mary Barton

World's Classics

Paperback Published: 1st April 2009
ISBN: 9780199538355
Number Of Pages: 480

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Set in Manchester in the 1840s, 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, who becomes caught up in the violence of class conflict when a brutal murder forces her to confront her true feelings and allegiances.
This new edition reproduces the last edition of the novel supervised by Gaskell. The introduction provides historical and biographical context to the novel, a survey of critical responses to Mary Barton, and argues that Gaskell was chiefly concerned with the importance of communication as a means of healing breaches between people. In addition, the book contains an up-to-date critical biography, revised notes and appendixes that include Gaskell's rough draft and outline of the novel's conclusion.

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This is Elizabeth Gaskell at her best, and Shirley Foster's edition is both sagacious and formally accurate. The appendices are invaluable and the explanatory notes are relevant without being obtrusive. A must for readers of Mary Barton. * Dr. Antonio Ballesteros-Gonzalez, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha *

ISBN: 9780199538355
ISBN-10: 0199538352
Series: World's Classics
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 480
Published: 1st April 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 12.5  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 2

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