Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell (1853)

    Ruth, Elizabeth Gaskell’s second book, was published in 1853 and is the surprisingly compassionate portrayal of a ‘fallen woman.' It contains elements that remind me of several books I’ve read:The Scarlet Letter (1850) with its religious hypocrisy; Tess of the d\'Urbervilles (1891), in that a naïve & vulnerable young woman is pressured into … Continue reading Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell (1853)

North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell (1855)

After watching the BBC version of North & South multiple times and enjoying it so much, I decided it was time to read the novel.What the movie doesn’t portray, due to obvious time constraints, is the depth of thought and exploration of character that Gaskell put into her work. Nuances, pertinent quotations at the beginning … Continue reading North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell (1855)

Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell (1848)

  19th Century Manchester   Subtitled A Tale of Manchester Life, Mary Barton is the story of working class poverty in the industrial city of Manchester during the early to mid 1800’s. It was Elizabeth Gaskell’s first novel and in the preface she writes: 'Three years ago I became anxious (from circumstances that need not … Continue reading Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell (1848)

Adam Bede by George Eliot (1819-1880)

Adam Bede is an unusual book in many respects, which shouldn't be surprising, as George Eliot was an unusual woman.   *  George Eliot was the non de plume of Mary Ann Evans *  Eliot was a fervent Evangelical up until her early twenties, when she rejected her Christian beliefs *  Although she rejected her … Continue reading Adam Bede by George Eliot (1819-1880)