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Wives and Daughters
by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell and Amy M. King


Overview - Wives and Daughters , by Elizabeth Gaskell , is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Wives and Daughters, by Elizabeth Gaskell, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classicsseries, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics
  • New introductions commissioned from today's top writers and scholars
  • Biographies of the authors
  • Chronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural events
  • Footnotes and endnotes
  • Selective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the work
  • Comments by other famous authors
  • Study questions to challenge the reader's viewpoints and expectations
  • Bibliographies for further reading
  • Indices & Glossaries, when appropriate
All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. Barnes & Noble Classics pulls together a constellation of influencesbiographical, historical, and literaryto enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works.

Tremendously popular in her lifetime, Elizabeth Gaskell has often been overshadowed by her contemporaries the Brontes and George Eliot. Yet the reputation of her long-neglected masterpiece Wives and Daughters continues to grow, fulfilling Henry James s prophecy that the novel would continue for years to come to be read and relished . . .so delicately, so elaborately, so artistically, so truthfully, and heartily is the story wrought out.
An enchanting tale of romance, scandal, and intrigue in the gossipy English town of Hollingford around the 1830s, Wives and Daughters tells the story of Molly Gibson, the seventeen-year-old daughter of a widowed country doctor. When her father remarries, she forms a close friendship with her new stepsisterthe beautiful and worldly Cynthiauntil they become love rivals for the affections of Squire Hamley s sons, Osbourne and Roger. When sudden illness and death reveal some secrets while shrouding others in even deeper mystery, Molly feels that the world is out of joint and it is up to hertrusted by all but listened to by noneto set it right.

Amy M. King is Assistant Professor of English at St. John s University in New York City and the author of Bloom: The Botanical Vernacular in the English Novel (Oxford University Press, 2003).

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  • ISBN-13: 9781593082574
  • ISBN-10: 1593082576
  • Publisher: Barnes & Noble
  • Publish Date: March 2005
  • Page Count: 672

Series: Barnes & Noble Classics

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