Cousin Phillis

Cousin Phillis

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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.
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  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 110 x 180 x 10mm | 94g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English, Spanish
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • w. ill.
  • 0140621946
  • 9780140621945

About Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell

Elizabeth Gaskell, geb. 1810 als Elizabeth Stevenson in London, aufgewachsen in Knutsford (Cheshire) bei ihrer Tante, heiratete 1832 William Gaskell, einen unitarisch freikirchlichen Geistlichen und Universitätsdozenten in Manchester, mit dem sie fünf Kinder hatte. Während sich ihr Mann für die Bildung der Arbeiter engagierte, ist in Elizabeth Gaskells Korrespondenz immer wieder von den sozialen Härten des Frühkapitalismus die Rede. Ihr Erstlingsroman 'Mary Barton' verhalf ihr zur Bekanntschaft mit Dickens, für dessen Zeitschrift 'HouseholdWords' sie von nun an literarische Beiträge lieferte.
Ihr Erfolg brachte dem nicht gerade reichlich ausgestatteten Haushalt der Gaskells eine finanzielle Entlastung; nun konnte die Schriftstellerin Reisen unternehmen und in den literarischen Salons von London verkehren. Ein halbes Dutzend Romane und rund vierzig Erzählungen entstanden, außerdem eine Biographie von Charlotte Bronte. Sie starb 1865.
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