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Title:Wives and Daughters
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Publisher:Penguin Books
ISBN:014043478X
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Number of Pages:679
Category:Classics, Fiction, Romance, Historical fiction, Th century

Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell, Pam Morris

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Wives and Daughters Set in English society before the Reform Bill i Wives and Daughters i centres on the story of youthful Molly Gibson brought up from childhood by her father When he remarries a new step sister enters Molly s quiet life loveable but worldly and troubling Cynthia The narrative traces the development of the two girls into womanhood within the gossiping and watchful society of Hollingford .

i Wives and Daughters i is far more than a nostalgic evocation of village life it offers an ironic critique of mid Victorian society No nineteenth century novel contains a more devastating rejection than this of the Victorian male assumption of moral authority writes Pam Morris in her introduction to this new edition in which she explores the novel s main themes the role of women Darwinism and the concept of Englishness and its literary and social context

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Cranford, Ruth, Cousin Phyllis, The Life of Charlotte Bront, Wives and Daughters, Gothic Tales, North and South, Mary Barton, The Cranford Chronicles, The Old Nurse's Story
i Such whispered tales such old temptations and hauntings and devilish terrors i br br Elizabeth Gaskell s chilling Gothic tales blend the real and the supernatural to eerie compelling effect Disappearances inspired by local legends of mysterious vanishings mixes gossip and fact Lois the Witch a novella based on an account of the Salem witch hunts shows how sexual desire and jealousy lead to hysteria while in The Old Nurse s Story a mysterious child roams the freezing Northumberland moors Whether darkly surreal such as The Poor Clare where an evil doppelganger is formed by a woman s bitter curse or mischievous like Curious if True a playful reworking of fairy tales all the pieces in this volume form a start contrast to the social realism of Gaskell s novels revealing a darker and more unsettling style of writing br br Laura Kranzler s introduction discusses how Gaskell s tales with their ghostly doublings and transgressive passions show the Gothic underside of female identity domestic relations and male authority This edition also contains a chronology further reading and explanatory notes, i Even in the stillness of that dead cold weather I had heard no sound of little battering hands upon the window glass i br br A phantom child roams the Northumberland moors while a host of fairytale characters gone to seed gather in the dark dark woods in these two surprising tales of the uncanny from the great Victorian novelist, i b It is very pleasant dining with a bachelor I only hope it is not improper so many pleasant things are b i br br A portrait of the residents of an English country town in the mid nineteenth century i Cranford i relates the adventures of Miss Matty and Miss Deborah two middle aged spinster sisters striving to live with dignity in reduced circumstances Through a series of vignettes Elizabeth Gaskell portrays a community governed by old fashioned habits and dominated by friendships between women Her wry account of rural life is undercut however by tragedy in its depiction of such troubling events as Matty s bankruptcy the violent death of Captain Brown or the unwitting cruelty of Peter Jenkyns Written with acute observation i Cranford i is by turns affectionate moving and darkly satirical br br In her introduction Patricia Ingham discusses i Cranford i in relation to Gaskell s own past and as a work of irony in the manner of Jane Austen She also considers the implications of the novel in terms of class and empire This edition also includes further reading notes and an appendix on the significance of Fashion at Cranford, Set in English society before the Reform Bill i Wives and Daughters i centres on the story of youthful Molly Gibson brought up from childhood by her father When he remarries a new step sister enters Molly s quiet life loveable but worldly and troubling Cynthia The narrative traces the development of the two girls into womanhood within the gossiping and watchful society of Hollingford br br i Wives and Daughters i is far more than a nostalgic evocation of village life it offers an ironic critique of mid Victorian society No nineteenth century novel contains a more devastating rejection than this of the Victorian male assumption of moral authority writes Pam Morris in her introduction to this new edition in which she explores the novel s main themes the role of women Darwinism and the concept of Englishness and its literary and social context