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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....
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 Manchesters Cross Street. As well as leading a busy domestic life as ministers 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 Dickenss 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 Charlottes death in March 1855, Patrick Bronte chose his daughters friend and fellow-novelist to write TheLife of Charlotte Bronte (1857), a probing and sympathetic account, that has attained classic stature. Elizabeth Gaskells position as a clergymans 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 ofHousehold Words. She proved that she was not to be bullied, even by such a strong-willed man.
Her later works, Sylvias Lovers (1863), Cousin Phillis (1864) andWives and Daughters (1866) reveal that she was continuing to develop her writing in new literary directions. Elizabeth Gaskell died suddenly in November 1865.
In writing Ruth, Elizabeth Gaskell daringly confronted prevailing views about sin and illegitimacy with her compassionate and honest portrait of a 'fallen woman'.
|Genre||FICTION / Classics|
|Publisher Date||1998-03-01 00:00:00.0|
|Unit weight||0.65 lb|
|Series Name||Penguin Classics|
|Authors||Gaskell, Elizabeth Cleghorn|
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.Read More
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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.Read More
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