Mary Barton by Elizabeth GaskellMary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell

Mary Barton

byElizabeth GaskellEditorShirley Foster

Paperback | January 11, 2009

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'It's the masters as has wrought this woe; it's the masters as should pay for it.'Set in Manchester in the 1840s - a period of industrial unrest and extreme deprivation - Mary Barton depicts the effects of economic and physical hardship upon the city's working-class community. Paralleling the novel's treatment of the relationship between masters and men, the suffering of thepoor, and the workmen's angry response, is the story of Mary herself: a factory-worker's daughter who attracts the attentions of the mill-owner's son, she becomes caught up in the violence of class conflict when a brutal murder forces her to confront her true feelings and allegiances. Mary Barton was praised by contemporary critics for its vivid realism, its convincing characters and its deep sympathy with the poor, and it still has the power to engage and move readers today. This edition reproduces the last edition of the novel supervised by Elizabeth Gaskell and includes herhusband's two lectures on the Lancashire dialect.
Mrs Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865) was a friend of Charlotte Bronte and Charles Dickens, who first accepted Cranford for publication in his magazine Household Words.
Title:Mary BartonFormat:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.03 inPublished:January 11, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199538352

ISBN - 13:9780199538355

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my Favourites! I cannot say enough good things about this novel! It evoked so many different emotions and really is a beautiful piece of Victorian fiction largely due to its vivid realism and convincing characters. You can't help, but sympathize with the working-class. This novel definitely left a lasting impression. Highly recommend!
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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Didn't much care for this one I unfortunately had to read this while in university, and did not enjoy the prose or character development and to what end it was delivered.
Date published: 2018-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great example of the Victorian "social problem" novel Not as sentimental as Dickens, Gaskell writes an engaging and grounded "social problem" story. Due to the time period, the writing is a little dense and the pacing is slow, but it's well worth the effort.
Date published: 2018-01-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Slow going but strong finish The first half of the book is interesting, but took me a while to get through. The second half is where it really picks up, and I enjoyed reading it much more.
Date published: 2017-09-19