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North and South - (Penguin Classics) by Elizabeth Gaskell (Paperback)

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  • As relevant now as when it was first published, Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South skilfully weaves a compelling love story into a clash between the pursuit of profit and humanitarian ideals.
  • About the Author: Patricia Ingham is Senior Research Fellow and Reader at St Anne's College, Oxford.
  • 480 Pages
  • Fiction + Literature Genres, Classics
  • Series Name: Penguin Classics

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About the Book



"First published serialized in Household words 1854-1855. First published in two volumes 1855"--T.p. verso.



Book Synopsis



As relevant now as when it was first published, Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South skilfully weaves a compelling love story into a clash between the pursuit of profit and humanitarian ideals. This Penguin Classics edition is edited with an introduction by Patricia Ingham. 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 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 Gaskell skilfully fused individual feeling with social concern, and in Margaret Hale created one of the most original heroines of Victorian literature. In her introduction Patricia Ingham examines Elizabeth Gaskell's treatment of geographical, economic and class differences, and the male and female roles portrayed in the novel. This edition also includes further reading, notes and a useful glossary. Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-65) was born in London, but grew up in the north of England in the village of Knutsford. In 1832 she married the Reverend William Gaskell and had four daughters, and one son who died in infancy. Her first novel, Mary Barton, was published in 1848, winning the attention of Charles Dickens, and most of her later work was published in his journals, including Cranford (1853), serialised in Dickens's Household Words. She was also a lifelong friend of Charlotte Brontë, whose biography she wrote. If you enjoyed North and South, you might like Jane Austen's Persuasion, also available in Penguin Classics. '[An] admirable story ... full of character and power' Charles Dickens



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From her home ground, her father's comfortably middle-class living in Hampshire and her aunt's establishment in Harley Street, Margaret is exiled to the ugly northern industrial town of Milton. Surprisingly, her social consciousness awakens. It is intensified by a relationship with the local mill-owner, Thornton, that combines passionate attraction with fierce opposition. The novel explores the exploitation of the working class, linking the plight of workers with that of women and probing the myth and reality of the 'north-south divide'.



Review Quotes




"[An] admirable story ... full of character and power"
--Charles Dickens



About the Author



Patricia Ingham is Senior Research Fellow and Reader at St Anne's College, Oxford. She has written on the Victorian novel and on Hardy in particular. she is the General Editor of all Hardy's fiction in the Penguin Classics and has edited Gaskell's North and South for the series.
Dimensions (Overall): 7.96 Inches (H) x 5.02 Inches (W) x .89 Inches (D)
Weight: .75 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Series Title: Penguin Classics
Sub-Genre: Classics
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Number of Pages: 480
Publisher: Penguin Group
Format: Paperback
Author: Elizabeth Gaskell
Language: English
Street Date: June 1, 1996
TCIN: 11486562
UPC: 9780140434248
Item Number (DPCI): 248-04-9792
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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