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A portrait of the residents of an English country town in the mid nineteenth century i Cranford i relates the adventures of Miss Matty and Miss Deborah two middle aged spinster sisters striving to live with dignity in reduced circumstances Through a series of vignettes Elizabeth Gaskell portrays a community governed by old fashioned habits and dominated by friendships between women Her wry account of rural life is undercut however by tragedy in its depiction of such troubling events as Matty s bankruptcy the violent death of Captain Brown or the unwitting cruelty of Peter Jenkyns Written with acute observation i Cranford i is by turns affectionate moving and darkly satirical .

In her introduction Patricia Ingham discusses i Cranford i in relation to Gaskell s own past and as a work of irony in the manner of Jane Austen She also considers the implications of the novel in terms of class and empire This edition also includes further reading notes and an appendix on the significance of Fashion at Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell

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Cranford
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Number of Pages:257
Category:Classics, Fiction, Historical fiction, Th century
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Wives and Daughters, Ruth, The Cranford Chronicles, North and South, Cousin Phyllis, The Life of Charlotte Bront, Cranford, Mary Barton, The Old Nurse's Story, Gothic Tales
Two of English writer Elizabeth Gaskell s best selling books are bound together in this Kindle book Ruth amp North and South br br Ruth br Ruth a British orphan girl who works in a sweatshop is selected to attend a ball to repair torn dresses and meets aristocrat Henry Bellingham They meet again and form a secret friendship which goes horribly wrong for Ruth br She is helped by a dissenting minister but soon discovers she is pregnant br The novel is a compassionate look at the fallen woman and whether the sinful can be reintegrated into Victorian society br br North and South br North and South along with With Wives and Daughters and Cranford is one of Gaskell s best known novels and produced two television adaptations br The novel tackles the situation of workers and their relations with industrialists in the fictional town of Milton northern England and has favourably compared to the Shirley by Gaskell s friend Charlotte Bront br It revolves around Margaret Hale who settles with her parents in Milton in the throws of the industrial revolution She clashes with John Thornton a cotton mill manufacturer who belongs to the nouveaux riches The confrontation between her and Mr Thornton is reminiscent of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy in Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen br br About The Author br Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell referred to as Mrs Gaskell was a British novelist and short story writer during the Victorian era She was also the first to write a biography of Charlotte Bronte The Life of Charlotte Bronte which was published in br In North and South Gaskell creates the city of Milton based on Manchester nicknamed Cottonopolis where she lived as the wife of a Unitarian pastor She saw religious dissenters and social reformers who decried the abject poverty of this industrial region She described the poor in her writings showing compassion for the oppressed br The last section of Wives and Daughters was not finished upon Elizabeth Gaskell s death and it is believed that Frederick Greenwood a journalist and editor completed the novel, Set in English society before the Reform Bill i Wives and Daughters i centres on the story of youthful Molly Gibson brought up from childhood by her father When he remarries a new step sister enters Molly s quiet life loveable but worldly and troubling Cynthia The narrative traces the development of the two girls into womanhood within the gossiping and watchful society of Hollingford br br i Wives and Daughters i is far more than a nostalgic evocation of village life it offers an ironic critique of mid Victorian society No nineteenth century novel contains a more devastating rejection than this of the Victorian male assumption of moral authority writes Pam Morris in her introduction to this new edition in which she explores the novel s main themes the role of women Darwinism and the concept of Englishness and its literary and social context, This is Elizabeth Gaskell s first novel a widely acclaimed work based on the actual murder in of a progressive mill owner It follows Mary Barton daughter of a man implicated in the murder through her adolescence when she suffers the advances of the mill owner and later through love and marriage Set in Manchester between it paints a powerful and moving picture of working class life in Victorian England, i Such whispered tales such old temptations and hauntings and devilish terrors i br br Elizabeth Gaskell s chilling Gothic tales blend the real and the supernatural to eerie compelling effect Disappearances inspired by local legends of mysterious vanishings mixes gossip and fact Lois the Witch a novella based on an account of the Salem witch hunts shows how sexual desire and jealousy lead to hysteria while in The Old Nurse s Story a mysterious child roams the freezing Northumberland moors Whether darkly surreal such as The Poor Clare where an evil doppelganger is formed by a woman s bitter curse or mischievous like Curious if True a playful reworking of fairy tales all the pieces in this volume form a start contrast to the social realism of Gaskell s novels revealing a darker and more unsettling style of writing br br Laura Kranzler s introduction discusses how Gaskell s tales with their ghostly doublings and transgressive passions show the Gothic underside of female identity domestic relations and male authority This edition also contains a chronology further reading and explanatory notes