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Mary Barton and Other Tales

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ISBN-10: 1551111691

ISBN-13: 9781551111698

Edition: 2000

Authors: Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell, Jennifer Foster

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Mrs Gaskell's first novel, Mary Barton portrays city life in the hungry forties of the 19th century. In this Broadview edition, a new introduction focusses on the novel's artistry and its liberal politics.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Broadview Press
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 590
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.496

Elizabeth Gaskell was the daughter of a Unitarian clergyman, who was also a civil servant and journalist. Her mother died when she was young, and she was brought up by her aunt in Knutsford, a small village that was the prototype for Cranford, Hollingford and the setting for numerous other short stories. In 1832, she married William Gaskell, a Unitarian clergyman in Manchester. She participated in his ministry and collaborated with him to write the poem "Sketches Among the Poor" in 1837. "Our Society at Cranford" was the first two chapters of "Cranford" and it appeared in Dickens' Household Words in 1851. Dickens liked it so much that he pressed Gaskell for more episodes, and she produced…    

Biographical Note
Note on the Text
Further Reading
Two Lectures on the Lancashire Dialect
Explanatory Notes