Mary Barton, the daughter of disillusioned trade unionist, rejects her working-class lover Jem Wilson in the hope of marrying Henry Carson, the mill owner's son, and making a better life for herself and her father. But when Henry is shot down in the street and Jem becomes the main suspect, Mary... show more
Mary Barton, the daughter of disillusioned trade unionist, rejects her working-class lover Jem Wilson in the hope of marrying Henry Carson, the mill owner's son, and making a better life for herself and her father. But when Henry is shot down in the street and Jem becomes the main suspect, Mary finds herself painfully torn between the two men.
Publish date: October 31st 1996
Pages no: 417
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Historical Fiction
, Classic Literature
, Literary Fiction
, 19th Century
, English Literature
This was Elizabeth Gaskell's first book, and is the second book by her which I've read. It's really two books in one - the first, concentrating on John Barton (father of the titular Mary Barton) is a screed about structural inequality and capital versus labor, and the second, a literal courtroom dra...
bookshelves: victorian, autumn-2010, published-1848, play-dramatisation, britain-england, classic Recommended for: BBC7 listeners Read from September 27 to October 22, 2010 0.0% "A cotton weaver's daughter is wooed - and her Aunt goes missing." 09/28/2010 page 2 0.0% "Mary grows up ...
This was Elizabeth Gaskell's first novel and it shows. It's signficantly less assured than her better known works, [b:North and South|156538|North and South|Elizabeth Gaskell|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1349633381s/156538.jpg|1016482], [b:Cranford|182381|Cranford|Elizabeth Gaskell|http://d.gr-asse...
First sentence: “There are some fields near Manchester, well-known to the inhabitants as ‘Green Heys Fields’, though which runs a public footpath to a little village about two miles distant.”P. 99: “It’s not to be forgotten, or forgiven either, by me or many another; but I canna tell of our down-cas...
Just finished MARY BARTON, by Elizabeth Gaskell, first published in 1848 based on events in 1837-42 in Manchester, England. I have the Norton Critical edition (2008), but before I wander through its learned criticism, here are a few thoughts.Wow, what a difference from SHIRLEY. Though both Bronte an...
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