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Ruth (Paperback)

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    Ruth Hilton is an orphaned young seamstress who catches the eye of a gentleman, Henry Bellingham, who is captivated by her simplicity and beauty. When she loses her job and home, he offers her comfort and shelter, only to cruelly desert her soon a......more
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Ruth Hilton is an orphaned young seamstress who catches the eye of a gentleman, Henry Bellingham, who is captivated by her simplicity and beauty. When she loses her job and home, he offers her comfort and shelter, only to cruelly desert her soon after. Nearly dead with grief and shame, Ruth is offered the chance of a new life among people who give her love and respect, even though they are at first unaware of her secret - an illegitimate child. When Henry enters her life again, however, Ruth must make the impossible choice between social acceptance and personal pride.

In writing Ruth, Elizabeth Gaskell daringly confronted prevailing views about sin and illegitimacy with her compassionate and honest portrait of a 'fallen woman'.

Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell was born in London in 1810, but she spent her formative years in Cheshire, Stratford-upon-Avon and the north of England. In 1832 she married the Reverend William Gaskell, who became well known as the minister of the Unitarian Chapel in Manchester’s Cross Street. As well as leading a busy domestic life as minister’s wife and mother of four daughters, she worked among the poor, traveled frequently and wrote. Mary Barton (1848) was her first success.

Two years later she began writing for Dickens’s magazine, Household Words, to which she contributed fiction for the next thirteen years, notably a further industrial novel, North and South (1855). In 1850 she met and secured the friendship of Charlotte Bronte. After Charlotte’s death in March 1855, Patrick Bronte chose his daughter’s friend and fellow-novelist to write The Life of Charlotte Bronte (1857), a probing and sympathetic account, that has attained classic stature. Elizabeth Gaskell’s position as a clergyman’s wife and as a successful writer introduced her to a wide circle of friends, both from the professional world of Manchester and from the larger literary world. Her output was substantial and completely professional. Dickens discovered her resilient strength of character when trying to impose his views on her as editor of Household Words. She proved that she was not to be bullied, even by such a strong-willed man.

Her later works, Sylvia’s Lovers (1863), Cousin Phillis (1864) and Wives and Daughters (1866) reveal that she was continuing to develop her writing in new literary directions. Elizabeth Gaskell died suddenly in November 1865.

Author:
Gaskell, Elizabeth Cleghorn
Series Title:
Penguin Classics
Genre:
FICTION / Classics
Audience:
General/trade
Format:
Paperback
Pages:
394
Language:
English
Publisher:
Penguin Classics
Publish Date:
03/01/1998
Copyright Year:
1997
ISBN:
9780140434309
Height:
8.25 in
Wdth:
5.0 in
Thickness:
0.75 in
Unit weight:
0.65 lb
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  • Better That THE SCARLET LETTER

    I have no hesitation in declaring that RUTH is one of the best novels I have ever read. I found it a far richer, more complex and intellectually meaty treatment of the subject of adultery than THE SCARLET LETTER. A generation of students would be much better served if they were introduced to this work of Elizabeth Gaskell's. The fact that we think very differently about the subject than did the people of Gaskell's time should not be a drawback at all. We should be as open to questioning our own time as we are to questioning Gaskell's. Her story and the struggles of her characters to live up to what they believe does a good job of raising questions that are still pertinent 160 years after she wrote RUTH.

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  • The novel " Ruth"

    Very readable type - good quality cover and paper pages

    • How did the image on site compare with the actual product? very well
    • How accurate was the on site description of the product? on the mark
    • Please tell us about the quality of the product. good quality paperback
    • Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes
  • Great

    I really like period pieces and Love Jane Austen. If you do too, you will love this author and her books. Ruth is a great book you can escape into.

    • Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes
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