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Mary Barton
Mary Barton
Mary Barton
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Mary Barton

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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. It is subtitled "A Tale of Manchester Life".

The novel begins in Manchester, where we are introduced to the Bartons and the Wilsons, two working-class families. John Barton is a questioner of the distribution of wealth and the relations between rich and poor. Soon his wife dies—he blames it on her grief over the disappearance of her sister Esther. Having already lost his son Tom at a young age, Barton is left to raise his daughter, Mary, alone and now falls into depression and begins to involve himself in the Chartist, trade-union movement.

Elizabeth Gaskell's novels are notable for detailed descriptions of the different classes of society in 19th century Britain.

PublisherKrill Press
Release dateDec 16, 2015

Elizabeth Gaskell

Elizabeth Gaskell (1810–1865) was a British novelist and short-story writer. Her works were Victorian social histories across many strata of society. Her most famous works include Mary Barton, Cranford, North and South, and Wives and Daughters.

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