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This Norton Critical Edition of her best-selling novel is annotated and edited by preeminent Gaskell scholar Alan Shelston. "Contexts" includes contemporary reviews and correspondence related to , along with the full text of Gaskell's 1850 short story "Lizzie Leigh," which, like , is set in industrial Manchester and deals with strong working women. This topic is further addressed in Bessie Rayner Parkes's essay on Victorian working women. "Criticism" collects eleven assessments of the novel, among them Louis Cazamian's 1904 study of industrial fiction and Hilary Schor's recent study of in the context of discourse analysis. A Chronology and Selected Bibliography are also included.


A revolutionary social and political commentary, solidified Gaskell's place in the company of Victorian England's finest novelists.

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Alan Shelston is Honorary Senior Research Fellow in English Literature at the University of Manchester. He has published extensively on Elizabeth Gaskell and other nineteenth-century authors, and is co-editor of Further Letters of Mrs. Gaskell.

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lilmizperfect_18, June 18, 2007 (view all comments by lilmizperfect_18)
I have to say this book was surprisingly gripping. The first six chapters or so were really really long and made the book so dull, and i've heard that when the book was published in a newspaper ( just like Dickens' Hard Times) the editors wanted to cut out the first few chapters to make it more interesting. However, things soon pick up and it gets easier to read. The interesting questions brought up are the ideas about North and South of england and how they are different. Our perceptions of the north change throughout the book, which for a southerner i thought would be hard. The book is slow in places and somewhat boring but well worth getting to the end!
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lilmizperfect_18, June 18, 2007 (view all comments by lilmizperfect_18)
This novel starts off quite slowly, yet by the end of the novel it is hard to put down! It tells the story of Margaret Hale and her father's decision to move the family (her, her mother and her father, plus the servant Dixon.) from the beautiful picturesque village of Helstone, where her father is a priest, to Milton up North. Margaret is no less opposed to the idea than her mother, but puts a brave face on things. The novel depicts the idea of the northern part of the country in contrast to the south, and what lies ahead for Margaret and her family upon their arrival in Milton-Northern. There are lots of surprises, not least the local mill owner John Thornton, who takes a liking to Margaret. There are lots of opinions challenged, like the relationships between men and masters and utilitarianism. It sounds like a boring novel and i honestly did not want to read it, but it does get really good, and the shocking events keep you on your toes. Plus there is the awww factor! Give it a go and you'll be surprised.
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Shelston, Alan
W. W. Norton & Company
Shelston, Alan
Gaskell, Elizabeth
Gaskell, Elizabeth Cleghorn
Shelston, Alan
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Literary Criticism : General
Norton Critical Edition
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