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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 the 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,Elizabeth Gaskell skilfully fused individual feeling with social concern, and in Margaret Hale created on of the most original heroines of Victorian literature.
In her introduction, Patricia Ingham examines geographical, economic and class differences, and male and female roles in North and South. This edition also includes a list for further reading, notes and a glossary.
About the Author
Elizabeth Gaskell was born in London in 1810 but spent most of her life in Cheshire, Stratford-upon-Avon. She married the Reverend William Gaskell and had four daughters by him. She worked among the poor, travelled frequently and wrote for Dickens' magazine Household Words. Mrs Gaskell was friends with Charlotte Bronte, and consquently went on to write her biography.
"[An] admirable story ... full of character and power"
ISBN: 9780140434248 ISBN-10: 0140434240 Series: Penguin Classics Audience:
For Ages: 18+ years old Format:
Number Of Pages: 496 Published: June 1996 Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd Country of Publication: GB Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 12.6
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Number: 2
Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell, née Stevenson (29 September 1810 - 12 November 1865), often referred to simply as Mrs Gaskell, was a British novelist and short story writer during the Victorian era. Her novels offer a detailed portrait of the lives of many strata of society, including the very poor, and as such are of interest to social historians as well as lovers of literature.