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Mary Barton: A Tale of Manchester Life (Penguin Classics). Mary Barton (Illustrated). Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-65) moved from the London of her childhood to Knutsford and later Manchester, and her experience of the differences between North and South deeply informed her writing. Writer of six novels, numerous shorter works and the biography of her great friend Charlotte Brontë, Gaskell was at first published anonymously but later in her own name. Much of her work was serialised in Charles Dickens's widely-read literary weekly, Household Words.

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. Jem's interview with poor Esther. A violent meeting between the rivals.

Elizabeth Gaskell's own personal contact with the plight of the poor cotton workers of Lancashire also compelled her to a compassionate . A truly moving experience awaits everyone who gives ear to this 'Tale of Manchester Life'. Summary by Martin Geeson). This is a Librivox recording.

Elizabeth Gaskell's own personal contact with the plight of the poor cotton workers of Lancashire also compelled her to a compassionate examination of their lives; but as a middle-class woman, married to a Unitarian minister, her approach to her subject took on a more emotionally complex significance; influenced by religious faith but also by more personal considerations. In the brief preface to the novel, Mrs Gaskell hints at her initial impulse.

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Mary Barton: A Tale of Manchester Life.

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Mary Barton is beautiful but has been born poor. Elizabeth Gaskell (1810 - 65) was born in London, but grew up in the north of England in the village of Knutsford

Mary Barton is beautiful but has been born poor. Her father fights for the rights of his fellow workers, but Mary wants to make a better life for them both. She rashly decides to reject her lover Jem, a struggling engineer, in the hope of marrying the rich mill-owner's son Henry Carson and securing a safe future. But when Henry is shot down in the street and Jem becomes the main suspect, Mary finds herself hopelessly torn between them. Elizabeth Gaskell (1810 - 65) was born in London, but grew up in the north of England in the village of Knutsford. In 1832 she married the Rev.

While Mary Barton is literally a murder mystery, it is also an abundantly detailed and sympathetic view of the nineteenth-century English weaving village of Manchester and some of its people. Mary Barton is young, kind, and beautiful - perhaps dangerously so. John Barton, her hearty and intelligent but grievously uneducated father who "could never abide the gentlefolk," pours fierce love and courage into his family and work. When Mary's beautiful Aunt Esther disappears, her beauty is blamed: "Not but what beauty is a sad snare

Mary barton: a tale of manchester life. 'Mary Barton' is the first novel by English author Elizabeth Gaskell, published in 1848. The story is set in the English city of Manchester between 1839 and 1842, and deals with the difficulties faced by the Victorian working class.

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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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.
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.)
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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 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.
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! :)
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: A Tale of Manchester Life (Penguin English library) download epub
Author: Elizabeth Gaskell
ISBN: 0140430539
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: Literary
Language: English
Publisher: Penguin Classics (April 30, 1975)
Pages: 496 pages