- Mary Barton (1848)
- Ruth (1853)
- North and South (1855)
- Half a Lifetime Ago (1855)
- My Lady Ludlow (1858)
- The Grey Woman (1861)
- Sylvia’s Lovers (1863)
- A Dark Night’s Work (1863)
- Wives and Daughters (1866)
- Cranford (1920)
- Lois the Witch (1960)
- Cranford and Mr Harrison’s Confessions (1995)
- The Haunted House (1862)
- Lizzie Leigh (1940)
- Cousin Phillis (1970)
- Mrs. Gaskell’s Tales of Mystery and Horror (1978)
- Four Short Stories (1983)
- The Moorland Cottage (1995)
- Gothic Tales (2000)
- The Old Nurse’s Story (1852)
- The Poor Clare (1856)
- The Doom of the Griffiths (1858)
- Curious, If True (1860)
- French Life (1864)
- The Life of Charlotte Bronte (1857)
- Letters of Elizabeth Gaskell (1966)
- Private Voices (1996)
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‘Mary Barton‘ was Gaskell’s first novel to be published. It is a story of plebeian family whose head succumbs to class hatred. On the persuasion of his trade union members he retaliates by carrying out a murder. This masterpiece got instantaneous success as it appeared in the revolutionary year of 1848. The linguistic harmony and impressive imagery of the novel make this novel a must read.
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‘If you want to whip me, uncle, you may do it. I don’t much mind.’ Put in this form, it was impossible to carry out his intentions; and so Mr. Benson told the lad he might go that he would speak to him another time. Leonard went away, more subdued in spirit than if he had been whipped. Sally lingered for a moment. She stopped to add: ‘I think it’s for them without sin to throw stones at a poor child, and cut up good laburnum branches to whip him. I only do as my betters do, when I call Leonard’s mother Mrs. Denbigh.’ The moment she had said this she was sorry; it was an ungenerous advantage after the enemy had acknowledged himself defeated. Mr. Benson dropped his head upon his hands, and hid his face, and sighed deeply. Chapter XIX: ‘After Five Years’ As interest in 19th century English literature by women has been reinvigorated by a resurgence in popularity of the works of Jane Austen, readers are rediscovering a writer whose fiction, once widely beloved, fell by the wayside. British novelist ELIZABETH CLEGHORN GASKELL 1810 1865 whose books were sometimes initially credited to, simply, ‘Mrs. Gaskell’ is now recognized as having created some of the most complex and progressive depictions of women in the literature of the age, and is today justly celebrated for her precocious use of the regional dialect and slang of England’s industrial North. Ruth Gaskell’s third novel, first published in three volumes in 1853 is notable as one of the rare instances in the fiction of the era of a positive portrayal of unwed motherhood and for its thematic condemnation of the social stigma of illegitimacy. The tale of a young woman seduced and abandoned by her lover, then taken in and protected by a kindly minister and his sister, it is remarkably progressive for the period. Friend and literary companion to the likes of Charles Dickens and Charlotte Bront the latter of whom Gaskell wrote an acclaimed 1857 biography Gaskell is today being restored to her rightful place alongside them. This charming replica volume is an excellent opportunity for 21st century fans of British literature to embrace one of its most unjustly forgotten authors.
North and South
It was curious how the presence of Mr. Thornton had power over Mr. Hale to make him unlock the secret thoughts which he kept shut up even from Margaret. Whether it was that her sympathy would be so keen, and show itself in so lively a manner, that he was afraid of the reaction upon himself, or whether it was that to his speculative mind all kinds of doubts presented themselves at such a time, pleading and crying aloud to be resolved into certainties, and that he knew she would have shrunk from the expression of any such doubts nay, from him himself as capable of conceiving them whatever was the reason, he could unburden himself better to Mr. Thornton than to her of all the thoughts and fancies and fears that had been frost bound in his brain till now. from Chapter X*XV: ‘Expiation’ As interest in 19th century English literature by women has been reinvigorated by a resurgence in popularity of the works of Jane Austen, readers are rediscovering a writer whose fiction, once widely beloved, fell by the wayside. British novelist ELIZABETH CLEGHORN GASKELL 1810 1865 whose books were sometimes initially credited to, simply, ‘Mrs. Gaskell’ is now recognized as having created some of the most complex and broadminded depictions of women in the literature of the age, and is today justly celebrated for her precocious use of the regional dialect and slang of England’s industrial North. North and South Gaskell’s fourth novel, which was originally serialized in 1854 and 1855 in the periodical Household Words, edited by Gaskell’s friend Charles Dickens draws on Gaskell’s own life as the wife of a progressive preacher in Manchester for its tale of the tumultuous romance between a minister’s daughter and a wealthy mill owner. The plight of the poor as well as the class divisions of the era come to the fore here, and helped establish the author’s reputation as a champion of the working class. Adapted as an acclaimed 2004 BBC miniseries, this is perhaps Gaskell’s most beloved work. Friend and literary companion to such figures as Charlotte Bront of whom Gaskell wrote an applauded 1857 biography Gaskell is today being restored to her rightful place alongside her. This delightful new edition is an excellent opportunity for 21st century fans of British literature to embrace one of its most unjustly forgotten authors.
Half a Lifetime Ago
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My Lady Ludlow
Purchase one of 1st World Library’s Classic Books and help support our free internet library of downloadable eBooks. Visit us online at www. 1stWorldLibrary. ORG I am an old woman now, and things are very different to what they were in my youth. Then we, who travelled, travelled in coaches, carrying six inside, and making a two days’ journey out of what people now go over in a couple of hours with a whizz and a flash, and a screaming whistle, enough to deafen one. Then letters came in but three times a week: indeed, in some places in Scotland where I have stayed when I was a girl, the post came in but once a month; but letters were letters then; and we made great prizes of them, and read them and studied them like books. Now the post comes rattling in twice a day, bringing short jerky notes, some without beginning or end, but just a little sharp sentence, which well bred folks would think too abrupt to be spoken. Well, well! they may all be improvements, I dare say they are; but you will never meet with a Lady Ludlow in these days. I will try and tell you about her. It is no story: it has, as I said, neither beginning, middle, nor end.
The Grey Woman
In fact, I dared not speak even to her, as if there were anything beyond the most common event in life in our preparing thus to leave the house of blood by stealth in the dead of night. She gave me directions short condensed directions, without reasons just as you do to a child; and like a child I obeyed her. She went often to the door and listened; and often, too, she went to the window, and looked anxiously out.
Mary Gaskell’s North and South examines the nature of social authority and obedience and provides an insightful description of the role of middle class women in nineteenth century society. Through the story of Margaret Hale, a southerner who moves to the northern industrial town of Milton, Gaskell skillfully explores issues of class and gender, as Margaret’s sympathy for the town mill workers conflicts with her growing attraction to the mill owner, John Thornton. This new and revised expanded edition sets the novel in the context of Victorian social and medical debate.
A Dark Night’s Work
In the county town of a certain shire there lived about forty years ago one Mr. Wilkins, a conveyancing attorney of considerable standing. The certain shire was but a small county, and the principal town in it contained only about four thousand inhabitants; so in saying that Mr. Wilkins was the principal lawyer in Hamley, I say very little, unless I add that he transacted all the legal business of the gentry for twenty miles round. His grandfather had established the connection; his father had consolidated and strengthened it, and, indeed, by his wise and upright conduct, as well as by his professional skill, had obtained for himself the position of confidential friend to many of the surrounding families of distinction. He visited among them in a way which no mere lawyer had ever done before; dined at their tables he alone, not accompanied by his wife, be it observed; rode to the meet occasionally as if by accident, although he was as well mounted as any squire among them, and was often persuaded after a little coquetting about ‘professional engagements,’ and ‘being wanted at the office’ to have a run with his clients; nay, once or twice he forgot his usual caution, was first in at the death, and rode home with the brush. But in general he knew his place; as his place was held to be in that aristocratic county, and in those days. Nor let be supposed that he was in any way a toadeater.
Wives and Daughters
Wives and Daughters, by Elizabeth Gaskell, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics: New introductions commissioned from today’s top writers and scholars Biographies of the authors Chronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural events Footnotes and endnotes Selective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the work Comments by other famous authors Study questions to challenge the reader’s viewpoints and expectations Bibliographies for further reading Indices & Glossaries, when appropriateAll editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. Barnes & Noble Classics pulls together a constellation of influences biographical, historical, and literary to enrich each reader’s understanding of these enduring works.
Tremendously popular in her lifetime, Elizabeth Gaskell has often been overshadowed by her contemporaries the Bront’s and George Eliot. Yet the reputation of her long neglected masterpiece Wives and Daughters continues to grow, fulfilling Henry James s prophecy that the novel would continue for years to come to be read and relished…
so delicately, so elaborately, so artistically, so truthfully, and heartily is the story wrought out.
An enchanting tale of romance, scandal, and intrigue in the gossipy English town of Hollingford around the 1830s, Wives and Daughters tells the story of Molly Gibson, the seventeen year old daughter of a widowed country doctor. When her father remarries, she forms a close friendship with her new stepsister the beautiful and worldly Cynthia until they become love rivals for the affections of Squire Hamley s sons, Osbourne and Roger. When sudden illness and death reveal some secrets while shrouding others in even deeper mystery, Molly feels that the world is out of joint and it is up to her trusted by all but listened to by none to set it right.
Amy M. King is Assistant Professor of English at St. John s University in New York City and the author of Bloom: The Botanical Vernacular in the English Novel Oxford University Press, 2003.
This beloved novel is a keenly observed portrait of small town Victorian life. APPENDICES: A Pre and Post Cranford Texts; Elizabeth Gaskell, ‘The Last Generation in England’; and, Elizabeth Gaskell, ‘The Cage at Cranford‘; B Cranford Correspondence, The Letters of Charles Dickens, The Letters of Mrs. Gaskell, The Letters of Charlotte Bronte; C Contemporary Reviews, Tributes to Mrs. Gaskell; D Reading in Cranford; Samuel Johnson, Rasselas 1759 and The Rambler, No. 39 1750; Charles Dickens, ‘The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club’ 1836 37, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, ‘Locksley Hall,’ 1842; E Industrialization and Moral Responsibility; Adam Smith, ‘The Theory of Moral Sentiments’, 1759, Maria Edgeworth, ‘The Parent’s Assistant’, 1796, Elizabeth Gaskell, ‘Mary Barton’, 1848; and, F Class, Conduct, and Etiquette; Charles Day, ‘Hints on Etiquette and the Usages of Society with a Glance at Bad Habits’, 1836; Anon., ‘Etiquette for Ladies: Eighty Maxims on Dress, Manners, and Accomplishments’, 1837. It also includes: G Economies Political and Domestic; Sarah Stickney Ellis, ‘The Women of England, Their Social Duties and Domestic Habits’ 1839, Eliza Acton, ‘Modern Cookery in All its Branches, Reduced to a System of Easy Practice for the Use of Private Families’, 1845, Isabella Beeton, ‘Beeton’s Book of Household Management’, 1856, J.S. Mill, ‘Principles of Political Economy’, 1848, Charles Lamb, ‘Essays of Elia’ 1823, Mary Russell Mitford, ‘Our Village’, 1832, and, George Eliot, ‘Scenes of Clerical Life’, 1857; H Illustrations; Fashion: Images from ‘Punch’, Cranford Ladies: Photographs from Mrs. Ellis H. Chadwick’s ‘Mrs. Gaskell: Haunts, Homes, and Stories’, 1910, Hogarth: ‘A Rake’s Progress’, and, Illustrations from the 1864 edition of ‘Cranford‘. The country town of Cranford is home to a diverse range of characters, whose seemingly uneventful lives are full of conflicts, failures, and unexpected connections. Miss Matty Jenkyns, the novel’s main character, is a ‘spinster’ in straitened financial circumstances after her bank fails, but who finds a way out of her troubles with her friends’ help and her own ingenuity. The novel’s representation of a world at once static and changing, isolated yet vulnerable to the conflicts in the outside world, makes it enduringly popular and relevant. This edition provides a rich assortment of historical materials to put the novel in context, including Gaskell’s letters while writing the novel, excerpts from texts read by the characters, illustrations from the novel and from contemporary periodicals, and other Victorian writings on industrialization etiquette, and domestic life.
Lois the Witch
Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell n e Stevenson 1810 1865, often referred to simply as Mrs. Gaskell, was an English novelist and short story writer during the Victorian era. She is perhaps best known for her biography of Charlotte Bront . Her novels offer a detailed portrait of the lives of many strata of society, including the very poor, and as such are of interest to social historians as well as lovers of literature. She married William Gaskell, the minister at Cross Street Unitarian Chapel in Manchester. They settled in Manchester, where the industrial surroundings would offer inspiration for her novels. Her first novel, Mary Barton: A Tale of Manchester Life, was published anonymously in 1848. The best known of her remaining novels are Cranford 1853, North and South 1855, and Wives and Daughters 1866. She became popular for her writing, especially her ghost story writing, aided by her friend Charles Dickens, who published her work in his magazine Household Words. Her other works include The Grey Woman 1865, Lois the Witch and The Old Nurse’s Story and Other Tales.
Cranford and Mr Harrison’s Confessions
Cranford 1851 53 sketches the mannered, old fashioned lifestyle maintained by ladies in a quiet country village in the 1830s. This bemused tale of ancien fashions and ‘elegant economy’ is complemented with a short story about a young surgeon’s disruptive entry into Duncombe village. In both stories, Elizabeth Gaskell 1810 1865 shows a genteel class entrenched in the receding era, while a new age presents its visiting card.
The Haunted House
Compiled by Charles Dickens, and counting Elizabeth Gaskell and Wilkie Collins among its contributors, this rediscovered work is an ingenious collaborative tale of the supernatural with indelible touches of pure Dickensian comedy. Foreword by Peter Ackroyd.
When the narrator spies a deserted house from his railway carriage, he determines to take up residence. But local legend has it that this is a haunted house, and no servant will dare enter employment. Refusing to be thwarted, he instead invites a number of acquaintances to join him, commissioning each with the task of routing out any supernatural inhabitants. As they gather together on twelfth night, each recounts his version of the ghostly activities
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Purchase one of 1st World Library’s Classic Books and help support our free internet library of downloadable eBooks. Visit us online at www. 1stWorldLibrary. ORG It is a great thing for a lad when he is first turned into the independence of lodgings. I do not think I ever was so satisfied and proud in my life as when, at seventeen, I sate down in a little three cornered room above a pastry cook’s shop in the county town of Eltham. My father had left me that afternoon, after delivering himself of a few plain precepts, strongly expressed, for my guidance in the new course of life on which I was entering. I was to be a clerk under the engineer who had undertaken to make the little branch line from Eltham to Hornby. My father had got me this situation, which was in a position rather above his own in life; or perhaps I should say, above the station in which he was born and bred; for he was raising himself every year in men’s consideration and respect. He was a mechanic by trade, but he had some inventive genius, and a great deal of perseverance, and had devised several valuable improvements in railway machinery. He did not do this for profit, though, as was reasonable, what came in the natural course of things was acceptable; he worked out his ideas, because, as he said, ‘until he could put them into shape, they plagued him by night and by day.’ But this is enough about my dear father; it is a good thing for a country where there are many like him. He was a sturdy Independent by descent and conviction; and this it was, I believe, which made him place me in the lodgings at the pastry cook’s.
The Moorland Cottage
If you take the turn to the left, after you pass the lyke gate at Combehurst Church, you will come to the wooden bridge over the brook; keep along the field path which mounts higher and higher, and, in half a mile or so, you will be in a breezy upland field, almost large enough to be called a down, where sheep pasture on the short, fine, elastic turf. You look down on Combehurst and its beautiful church spire. After the field is crossed, you come to a common, richly colored with the golden gorse and the purple heather, which in summer time send out their warm scents into the quiet air. The swelling waves of the upland make a near horizon against the sky; the line is only broken in one place by a small grove of Scotch firs, which always look black and shadowed even at mid day, when all the rest of the landscape seems bathed in sunlight. The lark quivers and sings high up in the air; too high in too dazzling a region for you to see her. Look! she drops into sight; but, as if loth to leave the heavenly radiance, she balances herself and floats in the ether. Now she falls suddenly right into her nest, hidden among the ling, unseen except by the eyes of Heaven, and the small bright insects that run hither and thither on the elastic flower stalks.
A portrait inexplicably turned to the wall…
a mysterious child who lives on the freezing moors…
a doppelganger brought to life by a woman’s bitter curse. These are some of the eerie elements Elizabeth Gaskell uses to masterful effect in Gothic Tales. A writer best known for books about middle class life in country villages and the urban social problems of Victorian England, Gaskell was fascinated by the dualities in women’s lives, by the tyranny men wield and the revenge women exact, and by the merging of fact and fiction, not only in literature but in everyday lives. In these nine spine tingling tales, she adds another layer of intrigue: the abrupt appearance of the supernatural in the most ordinary of settings and the havoc it plays on human frailties.
The Life of Charlotte Bronte
The Life of Charlotte Bronte, by Elizabeth Gaskell, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics: New introductions commissioned from today’s top writers and scholars Biographies of the authors Chronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural events Footnotes and endnotes Selective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the work Comments by other famous authors Study questions to challenge the reader’s viewpoints and expectations Bibliographies for further reading Indices & Glossaries, when appropriateAll editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. Barnes & Noble Classics pulls together a constellation of influences biographical, historical, and literary to enrich each reader’s understanding of these enduring works.
In 1855 Charlotte Bront , pregnant and married less than a year, fell ill and died of tuberculosis the same disease that had killed her sisters and brother. Two years after Charlotte’s death, her friend Elizabeth Gaskell, herself a well known novelist, completed work on The Life of Charlotte Bront , a biography that was met with immediate acclaim by readers curious to discover more about the enigmatic author of Jane Eyre.
Both a work of art and a well documented interpretation of its subject, Gaskell s biography is an extraordinarily vivid and sensitive account of Bront s outer and inner lives: her shyness and strangeness; her intense appreciation of the Bible, poetry, music, and the theater; her love of her family; and her fears of loneliness. Meant to be a defense and vindication of a noble, true, and tender woman, the book paints Bront as an unforgettable figure careening between depression and exaltation. It also portrays her suffering. In her personal life, Bront knew deprivation and loss, while in her artistic life, despite her fame, she had been taunted as coarse and had none of the advantages that a man might take for granted.
A powerful tribute from one writer to another, The Life of Charlotte Bront remains one of the most evocative and perceptive biographies ever written.
Anne Taranto was educated at Columbia and Oxford Universities and at Yale University, where she earned a Ph.D. She has taught courses on the novel and on eighteenth and nineteenth century literature at Georgetown University and is currently at work on a study of Charlotte Bront? s relationship to the literary marketplace.
Letters of Elizabeth Gaskell
Elizabeth Gaskell, whose perceptive letters became part of the narrative of PBS’s CIVIL WAR series, witnessed a number of crucial events and trends that shaped 19th century America. These collected letters, addressed to over a hundred correspondents some renowned, are an invaluable account of both the cataclysmic and the mundane, written with delicacy and verve.