The fictional town of Cranford is closely modeled after Knutsford in Cheshire England, which Elizabeth Gaskell knew well. This gentle, humorous, and witty book follows the lives of Mary Smith and her friends, Miss Matty and Miss Deborah, two spinster sisters. A classic.
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Originally published as a magazine serial and then printed in novel form in 1853, Cranford is a playful tour of a peculiar country town. From the stately, stern Miss Jenkyns to the timid Miss Betsy Barker and her flannel-wearing cow, the inhabitants are all acquainted, and all poised to overhear scandal.From the Back Cover:
Elizabeth Gaskell’s episodic second novel, sometimes dismissed as nostalgically “charming,” is now considered by many critics to be her most sophisticated work. The country town of Cranford is home to a group of women, affectionately called “Amazons” by the narrator, whose seemingly uneventful lives are full of conflicts, failures, and unexpected connections. A rich commentary on Victorian culture by one of its most astute observers, Cranford owes its enduring popularity to the complex pleasures it offers the reader.
This Broadview Edition provides an assortment of historical materials to put the novel in context, including Gaskell’s letters from the period of the novel’s writing, excerpts from texts read by the characters, illustrations from the novel and from contemporary periodicals, and other Victorian writings on industrialization, etiquette, and domestic life.
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Book Description Wilder Publications, 2009. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX1604594403
Book Description Wilder Publications, 2008. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. reprint edition. 148 pages. 9.25x6.00x0.50 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # zk1604594403
Book Description Wilder Publications, 2009. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111604594403