North and South

Paperback | September 14, 2008

byElizabeth GaskellEditorAngus EassonIntroduction bySally Shuttleworth

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`she tried to settle that most difficult problem for women, how much was to be utterly merged in obedience to authority, and how much might be set apart for freedom in working.' North and South is a novel about rebellion. Moving from the industrial riots of discontented millworkers through to the unsought passions of a middle-class woman, and from religious crises of conscience to the ethics of naval mutiny, it poses fundamental questions about the nature of socialauthority and obedience. Through the story of Margaret Hale, the middle-class southerner who moves to the northern industrial town of Milton, Gaskell skilfully explores issues of class and gender in the conflict between Margaret's ready sympathy with the workers and her growing attraction to the charismatic mill ownder,John Thornton. This new revised and expanded edition sets the novel in the context of Victorian social and medical debate.

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`she tried to settle that most difficult problem for women, how much was to be utterly merged in obedience to authority, and how much might be set apart for freedom in working.' North and South is a novel about rebellion. Moving from the industrial riots of discontented millworkers through to the unsought passions of a middle-class w...

Sally Shuttleworth is Professor of Literature at the University of Sheffield.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.79 inPublished:September 14, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199537003

ISBN - 13:9780199537006

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful! This is one the best books I have ever read! It reminds me of Pride and Prejudice but with more humanity and heart. Would recommend anyone to pick up this book!
Date published: 2016-12-01
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Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting discovery I am really glad to have found Mrs. Gaskell's North and South. ALL the Victorian Classics but this were in my parents' house as I was growing up, plus many volumes of Good Words in which they were often originally serialised. This delightful story wasn't there, because as I now realise it has been out of print for well over a century since publication. Really very good in spite of the author's Unitarianism; that doesn't seem to stop her from portraying people as praying to Christ, and I suspect makes her nearer to a conservative Christian position than many of her contemporaries. The PoV is more feminine than that of Dickens or Thackeray. There is the usual Victorian plethora of sobs, swoons and early death, but much delicacy of feeling amidst the drama. I was particularly interested in the handling of the class-war and of early trades-unionism.
Date published: 2013-12-18