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  1. Cranford & Other Stories
    Cranford & Other Stories
    Elizabeth Gaskell
    Wordsworth Editions / Trade Paperback
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These tales move from the gentle comedy of a small English country town in Dr. Harrison's Confessions to atmospheric horror in far north-west Wales with The Doom of the Griffiths. The story of Cousin Phillis, her masterly tale of love and loss, is a subtle, complex and perceptive analysis of changes in English national life during an industrial age, while the gripping Lois the Witch recreates the terrors of the Salem witchcrafttrials in seventeenth century New England as Gaskell shrewdly shows the numerous of this furious outbreak of delusion. Whimsically modified fairy tales are set in a French chateau, while an engaging love story poetically evokes a peasant life in wine-growing Germany.

    1. Cranford, Unabridged Audiobook on CD with eBook
      Cranford, Unabridged Audiobook on CD with eBook
      Elizabeth Gaskell
      Tantor Media Inc. / 2010 / Compact disc
      $25.19 Retail: $27.99 Save 10% ($2.80)
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      Stock No: WW119455

    Cranford, Elizabeth Gaskell's best-known work, is a humorous account of a nineteenth-century English village dominated by a group of genteel but modestly circumstanced women. This is a community that runs on cooperation and gossip, at the very heart of which are the daughters of the former rector: Miss Deborah Jenkyns and her sister, Miss Matty. But domestic peace is constantly threatened in the form of financial disaster, imagined burglaries, tragic accidents, and the reappearance of long-lost relatives.
    By eschewing the conventional marriage plot with its nubile heroines and focusing instead on a group of middle-aged and elderly spinsters, Gaskell does something highly unusual within the novel genre. Through her masterful management of the novel's tone, she underscores the value and dignity of single women's lives even as she causes us to laugh at her characters' foibles. Charles Dickens was the first of many readers to extol its wit and charm, and it has consistently been Gaskell's most popular work.

    Wives and Daughters

    1. Wives and Daughters
      Wives and Daughters
      Elizabeth Gaskell
      Wordsworth Editions / Trade Paperback
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      5 Stars Out Of 5 1 Reviews
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    Two families from rural 19th century England are tested and tried in Elizabeth Gaskell's classic Wives and Daughters. Vividly portraying the world of the early 1800s, this story is full of observation and character studies with a deft undertone of comedy. 596 pages, softcover.

    1. Wives And Daughters
      Wives And Daughters
      Elizabeth Gaskell
      Penguin Classics / 1997 / Trade Paperback
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    1. Wives and Daughters, Unabridged Audiobook on MP3 with eBook
      Wives and Daughters, Unabridged Audiobook on MP3 with eBook
      Elizabeth Gaskell
      Tantor Media Inc. / 2011 / Compact disc
      $35.99 Retail: $39.99 Save 10% ($4.00)
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    Wives and Daughters, Elizabeth Gaskell's last novel, is regarded by many as her masterpiece. Molly Gibson is the daughter of the doctor in the small provincial town of Hollingford. Her widowed father marries a second time to give Molly the woman's presence he feels she lacks, but until the arrival of Cynthia, her dazzling stepsister, Molly finds her situation hard to accept. Intertwined with the story of the Gibsons is that of Squire Hamley and his two sons. As Molly grows up and falls in love, she learns to judge people for what they are, not what they seem. Through Molly's observations the hierarchies, social values, and social changes of early-nineteenth-century English life are made vivid in a novel that is timeless in its representation of human relationships.
    Unabridged MP3-CD; approximately 27 hours; 3 MP3-CDs.

    1. Wives and Daughters, Unabridged Audiobook on CD with eBook
      Wives and Daughters, Unabridged Audiobook on CD with eBook
      Elizabeth Gaskell
      Tantor Media Inc. / 2011 / Compact disc
      $49.49 Retail: $54.99 Save 10% ($5.50)
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      Stock No: WW600581

    Wives and Daughters, Elizabeth Gaskell's last novel, is regarded by many as her masterpiece. Molly Gibson is the daughter of the doctor in the small provincial town of Hollingford. Her widowed father marries a second time to give Molly the woman's presence he feels she lacks, but until the arrival of Cynthia, her dazzling stepsister, Molly finds her situation hard to accept. Intertwined with the story of the Gibsons is that of Squire Hamley and his two sons. As Molly grows up and falls in love, she learns to judge people for what they are, not what they seem. Through Molly's observations the hierarchies, social values, and social changes of early-nineteenth-century English life are made vivid in a novel that is timeless in its representation of human relationships.
    Unabridged audio CD; approximately 27 hours; 22 CDs.

    North and South

    1. North And South
      North And South
      Elizabeth Gaskell
      Penguin Classics / 1996 / Trade Paperback
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      4 Stars Out Of 5 1 Reviews
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    This is the story of Margaret Hale and 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'.

    1. North and South
      North and South
      Elizabeth Gaskell
      Wordsworth Editions / Trade Paperback
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    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 skillful 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.

    1. North and South - eBookeBOOK
      North and South - eBook
      Elizabeth Gaskell
      Open Road Media / 2014 / ePub
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    1. North and South - eBookeBOOK
      North and South - eBook
      Elizabeth Gaskell
      HarperPerennial Classics / 2013 / ePub
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    Ruth

    1. Ruth
      Ruth
      Elizabeth Gaskell
      Penguin Classics / 1998 / Trade Paperback
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    In Ruth, the author set out to portray, not 'the Condition of England' already famously addressed in Mary Barton, but the nature and sensibility of a fallen woman. In considering a 'fallen woman', Gaskell explores the worlds of nineteenth-century experience concerned with women and family, sexuality, love and religion.

    Mary Barton

    1. Mary Barton, Revised
      Mary Barton, Revised
      Elizabeth Gaskell
      Penguin Classics / 1997 / Trade Paperback
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      Stock No: WW3464X

    Mary Barton, the daughter of a disillusioned trade unionist, rejects her working-class lover in hopes of marrying Henry Carson, the mill-owner's son, and making a better life for herself and her father. But when Henry is shot by a man suspected to be her lover, she must deal with her choices. A powerful dramatization of the class divisions in England. 417 pages, softcover.

    1. Mary Barton - eBookeBOOK
      Mary Barton - eBook
      Elizabeth Gaskell
      HarperPerennial Classics / 2014 / ePub
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    Life of Charlotte Bronte

    1. Life of Charlotte Bronte
      Life of Charlotte Bronte
      Elizabeth Gaskell
      Penguin Random House / 1998 / Trade Paperback
      $15.30 Retail: $17.00 Save 10% ($1.70)
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      Stock No: WW34938

    Elizabeth Gaskell's Life appeared in 1857 to immediate popular acclaim among Victorian readers curious to discover more about the writer who had given Jane Eyre the subtitle, An Autobiography. In writing about Charlotte Bronte, whom she greatly admired, but whose novels she did not entirely like, Elizabeth Gaskell portrays the struggle of a woman artist for whom she had, until her late marrige, "foreseen the single life". The resulting work - the first full-length biography of a woman novelist by a woman novelist - almost single-handedly created the Bronte myth. As Elisabeth Jay discusses in her introduction to this new edition, Gaskell weaves facts, dates, characters and anecdotes with considerable art; her Charlotte Bronte was "an imaginative creation and, as such, took on a life of its own". The present text follows the controversial first edition throughout, while all the variations which appeared in the third edition have been recorded in an appendix.

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