The playscript, based on Elizabeth Gaskell's powerful novel, movingly tells the story of what it was to be a single woman with an unplanned pregnancy in the 19th century. It is supported by exensive resources, including background information and a variety of activities. The book includes a playscript based on Elizabeth Gaskell's 19th-century novel, showing the experiences of a single woman faced with an unplanned pregnancy. The play is accompanied by detailed resources, which include information on unplanned pregnancies then and now, the life and times of Elizabeth Gaskell and staging the play. There are also written, spoken and drama activities.
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As interest in 19th-century English literature by women has been reinvigorated by a resurgence in popularity of the works of Jane Austen, readers are rediscovering a writer whose fiction, once widely beloved, fell by the wayside. British novelist ELIZABETH CLEGHORN GASKELL (1810-1865)--whose books were sometimes initially credited to, simply, "Mrs. Gaskell"--is now recognized as having created some of the most complex and progressive depictions of women in the literature of the age, and is today justly celebrated for her precocious use of the regional dialect and slang of England's industrial North.
Ruth--Gaskell's third novel, first published in three volumes in 1853--is notable as one of the rare instances in the fiction of the era of a positive portrayal of unwed motherhood and for its thematic condemnation of the social stigma of illegitimacy. The tale of a young woman seduced and abandoned by her lover, then taken in and protected by a kindly minister and his sister, it is remarkably progressive for the period.
Friend and literary companion to the likes of Charles Dickens and Charlotte Brontë--the latter of whom Gaskell wrote an acclaimed 1857 biography--Gaskell is today being restored to her rightful place alongside them. This charming replica volume is an excellent opportunity for 21st-century fans of British literature to embrace one of its most unjustly forgotten authors.About the Author:
Robert Leeson is an established children's author. His books include The Third Class Genie, Red, White and Blue and Jan Alone.
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Book Description Collins Educational, 2000. Book Condition: Very Good. N/A. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Bookseller Inventory # GRP90752953