North and South

North and South

Paperback Wordsworth Classics

By (author) Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell, Introduction and notes by Dr. Patsy Stoneman, Series edited by Dr. Keith Carabine

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  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 448 pages
  • Dimensions: 126mm x 196mm x 28mm | 240g
  • Publication date: 1 January 1998
  • Publication City/Country: Herts
  • ISBN 10: 1853260932
  • ISBN 13: 9781853260933
  • Edition: 2, New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Sales rank: 3,669

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Set in the mid-19th century, and written from the author's first-hand experience, North and South follows the story of the heroine's movement from the tranquil but moribund ways of southern England to the vital but turbulent north. Elizabeth Gaskell's skilful narrative uses an unusual love story to show how personal and public lives were woven together in a newly industrial society. This is a tale of hard-won triumphs - of rational thought over prejudice and of humane care over blind deference to the market. Readers in the twenty-first century will find themselves absorbed as this Victorian novel traces the origins of problems and possibilities which are still challenging a hundred and fifty years later: the complex relationships, public and private, between men and women of different classes.

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From her home ground, her father's comfortably middle-class living in Hampshire and her aunt's establishment in Harley Street, Margaret is exiled to the ugly northern industrial town of Milton. Surprisingly, her social consciousness awakens. It is intensified by a relationship with the local mill-owner, Thornton, that combines passionate attraction with fierce opposition. The novel explores the exploitation of the working class, linking the plight of workers with that of women and probing the myth and reality of the 'north-south divide'.