Ruth: New Edition

Paperback | June 12, 2011

byElizabeth GaskellEditorTim Dolin

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'I think I must be an improper woman without knowing it, I do so manage to shock people.'Elizabeth Gaskell's second novel challenged contemporary social attitudes by taking as its heroine a fallen woman. Ruth Hilton is an orphan and an overworked seamstress, an innocent preyed upon by a weak, wealthy seducer. When he heartlessly abandons her she finds shelter and kindness in the homeof a dissenting minister and his sister, who do not reject her when she gives birth to an illegitimate child. But Ruth's self-sacrificing love and devotion are tested to the limit by a twist of fate that brings her past back to haunt her.Gaskell's depiction of Ruth lays bare Victorian hypocrisy and sexual double-standards, and her novel is a remarkable story of love, of the sanctuary and tyranny of the family, and of the consequences of lies and deception.

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'I think I must be an improper woman without knowing it, I do so manage to shock people.'Elizabeth Gaskell's second novel challenged contemporary social attitudes by taking as its heroine a fallen woman. Ruth Hilton is an orphan and an overworked seamstress, an innocent preyed upon by a weak, wealthy seducer. When he heartlessly aban...

Tim Dolin is the author of George Eliot in the Authors in Context series for Oxford World's Classics, and he has introduced Charlotte Bronte's Villette and Hardy's A Pair of Blue Eyes for the series. He has edited three Hardy novels for Penguin and his book on Thomas Hardy in the Life and Times series was published by Haus in 2008.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.07 inPublished:June 12, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199581959

ISBN - 13:9780199581955

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