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Nord et Sud (Littérature étrangère) by Elizabeth Gaskell, Françoise du Sorbier

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Written at the request of Charles Dickens North and South is a book about rebellion it poses fundamental questions about the nature of social authority and obedience Gaskell expertly blends individual feeling with social concern and her heroine Margaret Hale is one of the most original creations of Victorian literature .

When Margaret Hale s father leaves the Church in a crisis of conscience she is forced to leave her comfortable home in the tranquil countryside of Hampshire and move with her family to the fictional industrial town of Milton in the north of England Though at first disgusted by her new surroundings she witnesses the brutality wrought by the Industrial Revolution and becomes aware of the poverty and suffering of the local mill workers Sympathetic to the poor she makes friends among them and develops a fervent sense of social justice She clashes with the mill owner and self made man John Thornton who is contemptuous of his workers However their fierce opposition masks a deeper attraction .

Gaskell based her depiction of Milton on Manchester where she lived as the wife of a Unitarian minister She was an accomplished writer much of her work published in Charles Dickens magazine Household Words including North and South which was originally published as a serial She was also friends with Charlotte Bront and after her death her father Patrick Bront chose Gaskell to write The Life of Charlotte Bront

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North and South, The Cranford Chronicles, Cousin Phyllis, Cranford, Ruth, The Old Nurse's Story, The Life of Charlotte Bront, Gothic Tales, Mary Barton, Wives and Daughters
Contains Mr Harrison s Confessions Cranford My Lady Ludlow br br In this witty and poignant story the railway is pushing its way relentlessly towards the town from Manchester bringing fears of migrant workers and the breakdown of law and order The arrival of handsome young Doctor Harrison causes yet further agitation not just because of his revolutionary methods but also because of his effect on the hearts of the ladies Meanwhile Miss Matty Jenkyns nurses her own broken heart after she was forced to give up the man she loved when she was a young girl, 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, 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 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