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North and South (Vintage Classics)

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ISBN13: 9780099511489
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Not to be confused with the conflict of the North and South in the United States, this is a tale of the split in England during the Industrial Revolution. A beautiful gossamer web of social unrest, workers' rights, and bosom-heaving unrequited love. Super-fantastic if you lurve period pieces and costume dramas. And as a sparkly bonus, Elizabeth Gaskell was BFFs with Charlotte Brontë and Charles Dickens.
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North and South is Elizabeth Gaskell's 1854 novel that contrasts the different ways of life in the two respective regions of England. In the North the emerging industrialized society is sharply contrasted with the aging gentry of the agrarian based South. The plot of North and South centers around the main character Margaret Hale, the daughter of a non-conformist minister who moves his family to an industrial town in the North after a split from the Church of England. With important underlying social themes, North and South stands out as one of the greatest novels in the history of English literature.

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Milton is a sooty, noisy northern town centred around the cotton mills that employ most of its inhabitants. Arriving from a rural idyll in the south, Margaret Hale is initially shocked by the social unrest and poverty she finds in her new hometown. However, as she begins to befriend her neighbors, and her stormy relationship with the mill-owner John Thornton develops, she starts to see Milton in a different light.

About the Author

Along with short stories and a biography of Charlotte Brontë, Elizabeth Gaskell (1810–1865) published five more novels including Mary Barton (1848) and Wives and Daughters (1865). Jenny Uglow is the author of Elizabeth Gaskell and Hogarth—both shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize; The Lunar Men, which won the PEN Hessel-Tiltman prize and James Tait Black Memorial Prize; and Natures Engraver.

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lukas, March 31, 2015 (view all comments by lukas)
"God help 'em! North an' South have each getten their own troubles."
Perennial overshadowed by major 19th century English novelists like Austen, Eliot, and Dickens, whose "Household Words" magazine she wrote for, Elizabeth Gaskell's major works include "Cranford," "Mary Barton," a life of her friend Charlotte Bronte, and "North and South," which was serialized and then published in 1854. The title refers to the more refined South of England, where the protagonist and her family are from, and the more industrial North, where they move to after her father quits the church. It is a novel of contrasts and offers a great deal of insight into working conditions of the time and the clash between labor and management (sadly still relevant). Those who have an idealistic, romantic view of the Victorian era will be surprised about how much this (and other books of the period) are about economic and social situations. Like Dickens, Gaskell can be long-winded at times and rushed at others, but this is an absorbing and provocative novel that still resonates today. Also see Dickens's "Hard Times." "But I'm tired of this bustle. Everybody rushing over everybody, in their hurry to get rich."
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Cioccolata16, June 20, 2010 (view all comments by Cioccolata16)
I read this after having watched the BBC production. An industrial town version of Austen's Pride and Prejudice. It was also a surprisingly fast read for a 500-page book! Gaskell develops her characters well, but also provdes her readers with a picture of the two cultures clashing in England. She also draws out some of the social issues pervading the country at the time. Very insightful.
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Anna R., December 15, 2008 (view all comments by Anna R.)
An interesting read in order to learn about the era of the author, the difficulties that surrounded the working class in factories, and the relationships and clashes between people from different regions of England. The writing was a bit hard to follow at times, perhaps since it was written in the 1800's. However the characters were relatable and the story line was good.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780099511489
Author:
Gaskell, Elizabeth C
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Introduction by:
Uglow, Jennifer
Introduction:
Uglow, Jennifer
Introduction:
Uglow, Jenny
Author:
Gaskell, Elizabeth Cleghorn
Author:
Gaskell, Elizabeth
Author:
Uglow, Jenny
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Mothers and daughters
Subject:
Bildungsromans
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
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Subject:
fiction;19th century;classics;classic;victorian;england;romance;novel;british;industrial revolution;literature;british literature;elizabeth gaskell;english literature;gaskell;english;historical;historical fiction;1850s;love;19th century literature;classic
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Classics
Publication Date:
20080631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
8 x 5 x 1.32 in 0.93 lb

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"Staff Pick" by ,

Not to be confused with the conflict of the North and South in the United States, this is a tale of the split in England during the Industrial Revolution. A beautiful gossamer web of social unrest, workers' rights, and bosom-heaving unrequited love. Super-fantastic if you lurve period pieces and costume dramas. And as a sparkly bonus, Elizabeth Gaskell was BFFs with Charlotte Brontë and Charles Dickens.

"Synopsis" by ,
Milton is a sooty, noisy northern town centred around the cotton mills that employ most of its inhabitants. Arriving from a rural idyll in the south, Margaret Hale is initially shocked by the social unrest and poverty she finds in her new hometown. However, as she begins to befriend her neighbors, and her stormy relationship with the mill-owner John Thornton develops, she starts to see Milton in a different light.
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