- Paperback: 530 pages
- Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks; New edition edition (18 Jun. 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0192835106
- ISBN-13: 978-0192835109
- Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 3 x 12.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,142,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Mary Barton (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback – 18 Jun 1998
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"The notes are remarkable for their clarity and their completeness. Usually I am not fond of introductions, but Professor Wright's essentially historicist rendering of the tale is on the mark."--George Evans Light, Stanford University"First-rate edition!"--Suzanne Ozment, The Citadel
'Gaskell's shocking, moving and contemporary account of the corrosive effects of injustice and poverty' Sunday Telegraph --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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THERE are some fields near Manchester, well known to the inhabitants as "Green Heys Fields," through which runs a public footpath to a little village about two miles distant. Read the first page
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Even if the plot is improbable at times, the story is entertaining and the gallery of characters presented is memorable. The description of an industrial city in the 19th century is deeply moving. All in all, a great achievement. A must read.
I found myself unable to put this down and I was literally holding my breath whilst reading the final chapters!
Mary is a feisty, young girl, who hasn't realised that her consequences have actions and that the people she loves may not be who she thought, or rather hoped, they were.
The storyline is rather dark as it is focused around a murder, but it deals with the subject matter fantastically and has lighter, heart-lifting moments.
Elizabeth Gaskell is excellent at creating a beautiful, but hard-hitting romantic story. I think she is a fantastic writer and would thoroughly recommend 'Wives and Daughters' and 'North and South'.
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Set in early Victorian Manchester ;
A tale of life in the slums with poverty, short time working , strikes , starvation and murder;
A realy good tale of a girls life in... Read more
I can't understand why a BBC adaption hasn't been made yet - it is a fantastic story which I have read again and again. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Witchgirl
Took a while to get going but then I was hooked and couldn't wait to see how it turned out. She writes beautifully of course.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Wonderfully dismal story but alsohighky informative regarding the real social historyof this era.Published 1 month ago by vivienne mary ward
This is a long read, so don't be too impatient with the plot. It is set in Manchester around the 1840s, and I would advise anyone to prepare for it by reading Engels's description... Read morePublished 1 month ago by emilio
A dramatic portrayal of the poverty of the working class in the idustrialised north of England in the 19th century. Read morePublished 2 months ago by ROY