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Mary Barton, published in 1848, was Elizabeth Gaskell's first novel. Originally titled "John Barton," it's a book with many elements - starting out as a exploration of the lives of the poor in Manchester, England and ending as a more traditional love story with a focus on economic justice.

Mary Barton, published in 1848, was Elizabeth Gaskell's first novel. Mary is John's daughter, a young dressmaker who enters into a flirtation with the son of a factory owner.

Bibliographic Details. Title: Mary Barton (Oxford World's Classics).

Mary Barton (Oxford World's Classics). Bibliographic Details. Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA. Publication Date: 2006.

Elizabeth Gaskell, Shirley Foster. Set in Manchester in the 1840s, Mary Barton depicts the effects of economic and physical hardship upon the city's working-class community. In addition, the book contains an up-to-date critical biography, revised notes and appendixes that include Gaskell's rough draft and outline of the novel's conclusion.

Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Paperback, Oxford World's Classics, 437 pages. Published April 20th 2006 by Oxford University Press (first published 1848). In Mary Barton, Gaskell tells her tale with so much feeling. Her sympathy towards the working class is obvious. The beautiful and passionate writing of hers pours this sympathy in to the hearts of the readers connecting them with the story and the characters and through them, with the working class.

by Elizabeth Gaskell. I. A mysterious disappearance. A Manchester tea-party. John Barton's great trouble. The mill on fire-Jem Wilson to the rescue. Jem Wilson's repulse. Margaret's debut as a public singer. Barton's London experiences. Return of the prodigal. Mr. Carson's intentions revealed.

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Although Mary Barton is an excellent example of historical literature, it is not without faults. The greatest weakness relates to the author s inability to completely overcome her middle class attitudes. Perhaps the most profound evidence of this can be found in Chapter 3. The passage begins with a vivid description of the differences between the employers and the employed. Gaskell is forced to take a closer look at the hardships of the poor while setting aside what her middle-class upbringing has taught her. Nevertheless, Gaskell is at least somewhat critical of John Barton, and she continues to pass judgment on him for lacking prudence and foresight.

Set in Manchester in the 1840s, Mary Barton depicts the effects of economic and physical hardship upon the city's working-class community. Paralleling the novel's treatment of the relationship between masters and men, the suffering of the poor, and the workmen's angry response, is the story of Mary herself--a factory-worker's daughter who attracts the attentions of the mill-owner's son, who becomes caught up in the violence of class conflict when a brutal murder forces her to confront her true feelings and allegiances. This new edition reproduces the last edition of the novel supervised by Gaskell. The introduction provides historical and biographical context to the novel, a survey of critical responses to Mary Barton, and argues that Gaskell was chiefly concerned with the importance of communication as a means of healing breaches between people. In addition, the book contains an up-to-date critical biography, revised notes and appendixes that include Gaskell's rough draft and outline of the novel's conclusion.

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Sharpbrew
Mary Barton may be a grueling, knotty read at times, but it nonetheless is a fine example of the Victorian novel, and it is well worth any intellectual effort required to read it. The author covers some of the same ground as Charles Dickens -- the ills associated with the industrialization of England -- as he did in Hard Times, but Gaskell does a far better job of inhabiting her characters, thus making them more vivid than any Dickens character. Gaskell gives her characters life like no other writer.

The book is thematically rich and not merely a polemic against the evils of industrialization. It is a love story. It is a political story. It is an economics study. It is a story about class. It is a murder mystery. It is a story about the actual lives of working class people as they struggle with the industrialization of England.

Although Gaskell is guilty of following some of the Victorian tropisms -- stilted and tormented language, ornate sentence structure -- it is not obvious in this text. This book is one that should be read slowly so that the reader may benefit from the author's genius. The language at times is almost poetic.

This is a Norton Critical Edition, which I always recommend if it is available. The text of Mary Barton itself is 339 pages, but the volume adds some 200 additional pages of supplemental material. The critical apparatus is particularly strong in this volume including an early plan for Mary Barton written out by Elizabeth Gaskell, three plays based on the novel, and a wealth of contemporaneous and current criticism.
Villo
I don't generally read Victorian fiction, but I do regularly visit Manchester and wanted to read some Elizabeth Gaskell. I had watched two BBC dramatizations of her work and opted to break the binding of MARY BARTON. It's a very strong and compellingly written piece, although much better with some of the social history than the eventual plot that focuses on a murder (come on, say it like John Houseman, "Muuuurder") and Mary Barton is the only one who fights for the truth to come out. The joy for me was Gaskell's brilliant portrayal of the northern English people. There are great scenes in Manchester and Liverpool. I do wish that the ending didn't wrap up so fairy tale neatly in the last page or two. Oh well, considering that I was entertained and educated for the other pages, I'd just have to say, "Luv, what a fine novel."

(I read a Norton Critical edition of the novel and have no idea about its faithful transfer to an ebook format.)
Saintrius
Mary Barton, published in 1848, was Elizabeth Gaskell's first novel. Originally titled "John Barton," it's a book with many elements - starting out as a exploration of the lives of the poor in Manchester, England and ending as a more traditional love story with a focus on economic justice.

Mary is John's daughter, a young dressmaker who enters into a flirtation with the son of a factory owner. She hopes to marry him and rescue herself and her father from poverty. Jem, a factory foreman who is the son of one of her father's closest friends, is in love with Mary. As economic conditions worsen in Manchester, Mary's father is radicalized and drawn into Chartism (not incredibly well known now, this was a working class labor movement).

As all these elements come together, Gaskell mixes romance, a murder trial, a strike, and heartrending descriptions of poverty and death. There are a handful of characters who are economically well-off and they're not presented unsympathetically, but it's clear that Gaskell's heart was with the working class characters of this novel. Their dialect is carefully presented (with glosses in the text, provided by her husband) and her desire is clearly that her readers would understand - if not condone - how their lives are lived. Esther, an aunt of Mary's who has become a prostitute, is even given a chance to explain her actions and why she has made the choices that she has made.

While I did enjoy this book, parts of the second half did drag for me. Gaskell had not yet mastered the art of authorial injections and the constant breaking in began to feel a bit intrusive. There were also some bits of high-Victoriana I could have done without (a "fit of madness" that leaves one ill for a few weeks, etc). Wives and Daughters, from the end of her career, was a much stronger novel. However, there is still a great deal to enjoy here and I look forward to reading more novels by this unfairly underknown novelist.
Buridora
Loved this book! The more I read, the more passionate I felt about deep topics--poverty, hatred, forgiveness, redemption, and integrity. The leading characters are painted in such a way that when they hurt, I hurt and when they destroyed their lives, I cried for them. Elizabeth Gaskell, who worked among the impoverished people she wrote about, convinces us that true "nobility" exists among all classes of people and it is more a reflection of one's character than a profile of one's wealth.
This book is full of timeless principles that are every bit as applicable in our day as they were in hers.
Thankfully, I read this as part of a book club so I had an outlet to share and discuss the many burning questions that Gaskell created. I am a better person for having read this book. It is a great love story, too! :)
Anayaron
Mary Burton is a treasure of 19 century literature. The characters possess integrity of moral purpose that provides them with a richness not hidden by their poverty in life. Truth, honesty,devotion, modesty, and responsibility are exemplified by rich and poor alike in this tale of love and honor.The author digs beneath the superficial to show crime and it's consequences, but also the reader learns what motives drive men and women to act...how the human heart reacts to injustice and often change their lives as a result. We KNOW Mary Burton and Jem; we ache for John Burton and Mr. Carson. We applaud Margaret's strength despite her blindness. We care about these people as we do for family.
Mary Barton (Oxford World's Classics) download epub
Classics
Author: Shirley Foster,Elizabeth Gaskell
ISBN: 0192805622
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: Classics
Language: English
Publisher: Oxford University Press; New Edition edition (April 20, 2006)
Pages: 480 pages