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Mary Barton: A Tale of Manchester Life
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Penguin Classics
Publication date December 1, 1996
Pages 417
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780140434644
ISBN-10 014043464X
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.25 by 8 in.
Weight 0.60 lbs.
Published in Great Britain
Original list price $10.00
Summaries and Reviews
Summary
Mary, daughter of a trade unionist, is attracted to Henry Carson, son of a mill owner, but when Henry is murdered and Jem Wilson, Mary's admirer, becomes the chief suspect, she must reexamine her loyalties. (view table of contents)
Amazon.com description: Product Description: ‘O Jem, her father won’t listen to me, and it’s you must save Mary! You’re like a brother to her’

Mary Barton, the daughter of disillusioned trade unionist, rejects her working-class lover Jem Wilson in the hope of marrying Henry Carson, the mill owner’s son, and making a better life for herself and her father. But when Henry is shot down in the street and Jem becomes the main suspect, Mary finds herself painfully torn between the two men. Through Mary’s dilemma, and the moving portrayal of her father, the embittered and courageous activist John Barton, Mary Barton (1848) powerfully dramatizes the class divides of the ‘hungry forties’ as personal tragedy. In its social and political setting, it looks towards Elizabeth Gaskell’s great novels of the industrial revolution, in particular North and South.

In his introduction Maconald Daly discusses Elizabeth Gaskell’s first novel as a pioneering book that made public the great division between rich and poor – a theme that inspired much of her finest work.



Editions
Hardcover
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With Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell | from Kessinger Pub Co (October 30, 2008)
9781437241617 | details & prices | 316 pages | List price $45.95
This edition also contains Mary Barton: A Tale of Manchester Life
About: This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original.
With MacDonald Daly | from Edinburgh Univ Pr (March 1, 1998)
9781853310201 | details & prices | 429 pages | 7.00 × 9.75 × 1.50 in. | 2.10 lbs | List price $54.00
About: A touching story of love, death, and forgiveness, Elizabeth Gaskell's Mary Barton vividly dramatizes the suffering and successes, conflicts and plights of the poverty-stricken Manchester of the 1840s.
Paperback
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With Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell | from Createspace Independent Pub (October 14, 2015)
9781518622519 | details & prices | 264 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.66 in. | List price $12.15
This edition also contains Mary Barton: A Tale of Manchester Life, Mary Barton: A Tale of Manchester Life
About: Mary Barton is the first novel by English author Elizabeth Gaskell, published in 1848.
With Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell | from Createspace Independent Pub (April 21, 2015)
9781511826051 | details & prices | 288 pages | 8.00 × 10.00 × 0.65 in. | List price $12.95
This edition also contains Mary Barton: A Tale of Manchester Life, Mary Barton: A Tale of Manchester Life
About: Mary Barton - A Tale of Manchester Life By Elizabeth Gaskell.
With Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell | from Kessinger Pub Co (October 1, 2008)
9781437113709 | details & prices | 316 pages | List price $30.95
This edition also contains Mary Barton: A Tale of Manchester Life
About: This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original.
With Jennifer Foster (other contributor) | from Broadview Pr (May 1, 2000)
9781551111698 | details & prices | 590 pages | 5.50 × 8.25 × 1.25 in. | 1.50 lbs | List price $13.95
About: Mary Barton first appeared in 1848, and has since become one of the best known novels on the ‘condition of England,’ part of a nineteenth-century British trend to understand the enormous cultural, economic and social changes wrought by industrialization.
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With MacDonald Daly | from Penguin Classics (December 1, 1996)
9780140434644 | details & prices | 417 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.60 lbs | List price $10.00
About: Mary, daughter of a trade unionist, is attracted to Henry Carson, son of a mill owner, but when Henry is murdered and Jem Wilson, Mary's admirer, becomes the chief suspect, she must reexamine her loyalties.
With Uday Kishore (other contributor) | Reprint edition from Viking Pr 4.00 × 7.25 × 1.00 in. | 0.50 lbs | List price $8.95
This edition also contains Target Pattern Recognition in Innate Immunity
About: Set in Manchester in the 1840s, Mary Barton depicts the effects of economic and physical hardship upon the city's working-class community.

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