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Written at the request of Charles Dickens North and South is a book about rebellion it poses fundamental questions about the nature of social authority and obedience Gaskell expertly blends individual feeling with social concern and her heroine Margaret Hale is one of the most original creations of Victorian literature .

When Margaret Hale s father leaves the Church in a crisis of conscience she is forced to leave her comfortable home in the tranquil countryside of Hampshire and move with her family to the fictional industrial town of Milton in the north of England Though at first disgusted by her new surroundings she witnesses the brutality wrought by the Industrial Revolution and becomes aware of the poverty and suffering of the local mill workers Sympathetic to the poor she makes friends among them and develops a fervent sense of social justice She clashes with the mill owner and self made man John Thornton who is contemptuous of his workers However their fierce opposition masks a deeper attraction .

Gaskell based her depiction of Milton on Manchester where she lived as the wife of a Unitarian minister She was an accomplished writer much of her work published in Charles Dickens magazine Household Words including North and South which was originally published as a serial She was also friends with Charlotte Bront and after her death her father Patrick Bront chose Gaskell to write The Life of Charlotte Bront by Elizabeth Gaskell, Françoise du Sorbier

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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, b It is in every way worthy of what one great woman should have written of another b Patrick Bront br br Elizabeth Gaskell s i The Life of Charlotte Bront i is a pioneering biography of one great Victorian woman novelist by another br br Gaskell was a friend of Charlotte Bront and having been invited to write the official life determined both to tell the truth and to honour her friend She contacted those who had known Charlotte and travelled extensively in England and Belgium to gather material She wrote from a vivid accumulation of letters interviews and observation establishing the details of Charlotte s life and recreating her background Through an often difficult and demanding process Gaskell created a vital sense of a life hidden from the world br br This edition is based on the Third Edition of revised by Gaskell It has been collated with the manuscript and the previous two editions as well as with Charlotte Bront s letters and thus offers fuller information about the process of composition than any previous edition, 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 br br In i North and South i Elizabeth Gaskell skillfully fuses individual feeling with social concern and in Margaret Hale creates one of the most original heroines of Victorian literature, No description available