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Wives and Daughters

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When seventeen-year-old Molly Gibson's widowed father remarries, her life is turned upside down by the arrival of her vain, manipulative stepfather. She also acquires an intriguing new stepsister, Cynthia, glamorous, sophisticated and irresistible to every man she meets.
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Set in English society before the 1832 Reform Bill, Wives and Daughters centres on the story of youthful Molly Gibson, brought up from childhood by her father. When he remarries a new stepsister, Cynthia, enters Molly's quiet life. Loveable but worldly and troubling, Cynthia's arrival alters Molly's daily life. The narrative traces the development of the two girls into womanhood within the gossiping and watchful society of Hollingford.
Elizabeth Gaskell was born in London in 1810 but spent most of her life in Cheshire, Stratford-upon-Avon. She married the Reverend William Gaskell and had four daughters by him. She worked among the poor, travelled frequently and wrote for Dickens'smagazine, Household Words. Elizabeth Gaskell was friends with Charlotte Bronte and consequently went on to write her biography. Pam Norris is Reader in Literature at Liverpool John Mooores University
"No nineteenth-century novel contains a more devastating rejection than this of the Victorian male assumption of moral authority." Pam Morris"
Author
Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell, Elizabeth Gaskill
Pages
720
Publisher
Penguin Books
Series
Penguin Classics
Language
English
ISBN-10
014043478X
ISBN-13
9780140434781
Media
Book
DEWEY
FIC
Year
1997
Publication Date
1997-01-31
Imprint
Penguin Classics
Place of Publication
London
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Alternative
9781605149370
Illustrations
facsimiles
Edition
1st
Birth
1810
Death
1865
Tag
pengblackclassics
Format
Paperback
Residence
US
Short Title
WIVES & DAUGHTERS REV/E
Edition Description
Revised
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