North and South

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ReadHowYouWant.com, 2010 M12 14 - 744 pages
The book discusses various classes and regions of Victorian England and industrial revolution of the mid-19th century. Margaret Hale moves with her family from the rural South of England to the industrial North. She gets to know about the living conditions of workers and meets a rich mill owner, John Thornton. The novel has several emotional, captivating and exciting moments. A must-read!
 

Contents

VOLUME I
1
CHAPTER I
2
CHAPTER IV
71
CHAPTER V
96
CHAPTER VI
125
CHAPTER VII
140
CHAPTER VIII
160
CHAPTER IX
183
CHAPTER XV
276
CHAPTER XVI
314
CHAPTER XVII
332
CHAPTER XVIII
352
CHAPTER XIX
373
CHAPTER XX
400
CHAPTER XXI
423
CHAPTER XXII
442

CHAPTER X
193
CHAPTER XI
213
CHAPTER XII
232
CHAPTER XIII
247
CHAPTER XIV
263
CHAPTER XXIII
475
CHAPTER XXIV
493
CHAPTER XXV
506
CHAPTER XXVI
530
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Elizabeth Gaskell was born on September 29, 1810 to a Unitarian clergyman, who was also a civil servant and journalist. Her mother died when she was young, and she was brought up by her aunt in Knutsford, a small village that was the prototype for Cranford, Hollingford and the setting for numerous other short stories. In 1832, she married William Gaskell, a Unitarian clergyman in Manchester. She participated in his ministry and collaborated with him to write the poem Sketches among the Poor in 1837. Our Society at Cranford was the first two chapters of Cranford and it appeared in Dickens' Household Words in 1851. Dickens liked it so much that he pressed Gaskell for more episodes, and she produced eight more of them between 1852 and 1853. She also wrote My Lady Ludlow and Lois the Witch, a novella that concerns the Salem witch trials. Wives and Daughters ran in Cornhill from August 1864 to January 1866. The final installment was never written but the ending was known and the novel exists now virtually complete. The story centers on a series of relationships between family groups in Hollingford. Most critics agree that her greatest achievement is the short novel Cousin Phillis. Gaskell was also followed by controversy. In 1853, she offended many readers with Ruth, which explored seduction and illegitimacy that led the "fallen woman" into ostracism and inevitable prostitution. The novel presents the social conduct in a small community when tolerance and morality clash. Critics praised the novel's moral lessons but Gaskell's own congregation burned the book and it was banned in many libraries. In 1857, The Life of Charlotte Brontë was published. The biography was initially praised but angry protests came from some of the people it dealt with. Gaskell was against any biographical notice of her being written during her lifetime. After her death on November 12, 1865, her family refused to make family letters or biographical data available.

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