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Mary Barton Elizabeth Gaskell

Mary Barton By Elizabeth Gaskell

Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell


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Mary Barton first appeared in 1848, and has since become one of the best known novels on the 'condition of England,' part of a nineteenth-century British trend to understand the enormous cultural, economic and social changes wrought by industrialization.

Mary Barton Summary

Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell

Mary Barton first appeared in 1848, and has since become one of the best known novels on the 'condition of England,' part of a nineteenth-century British trend to understand the enormous cultural, economic and social changes wrought by industrialization. Gaskell's work had great importance to the labour and reform movements, and it influenced writers such as Charles Dickens, Thomas Carlyle and Charlotte Bronte.

The plot of Mary Barton concerns the poverty and desperation of England's industrial workers. Fundamentally, however, it revolves around Mary's personal conflicts. She is already divided between an affection for an industrialist's son, Henry Carson, and for a man of her own class, Jem Wilson. But Mary's conflict escalates when her father, a committed trade unionist, is asked to assassinate Henry, who is the son of his unjust employer.

Mary Barton Reviews

Another splendid edition from Broadview with the usual high standard of helpful footnotes. Among the appendices in this volume are Gaskell's letters about writing the novel; contemporary reviews; essays and reports from the 1840s on industrialization, Chartism, emigration, prostitution and conditions in Manchester; brief selections from related fiction and poetry; and a very intelligible short summary of dates and events that shape the novel's politics. - Sally Mitchell, Temple University

About Elizabeth Gaskell

Jennifer Foster, a doctoral candidate at the University of Ottawa, is a professional writer and editor who has written on nineteenth-century British literature.

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GOR002580671
9781551111698
1551111691
Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Broadview Press Ltd
20000321
590
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