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  • Mary Bartonby Elizabeth Gaskell

    The Floating Press 2009; US$ 4.99

    The first novel by English writer Elizabeth Gaskell, Mary Barton was published in 1848. It tells of the plight of the lower class in Manchester during the 1830s and 1840s. Contrasting the gap between rich and poor, the first half of the novel tells of the humble lives of the Barton and Wilson families, the extreme poverty of the Davenports and the... more...

  • A House to Letby Charles Dickens; Wilkie Collins; Elizabeth Gaskell

    The Floating Press 2011; US$ 3.99

    This collaborative short story brings together the creative talents of four of the Victorian era's most popular fiction writers -- Wilkie Collins, Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell, and Adelaide Anne Procter each contributed a section to the work. When an elderly woman notices signs of activity at a supposedly abandoned home in her neighborhood,... more...

  • A Dark Night's Workby Elizabeth Gaskell

    The Floating Press 1896; US$ 3.99

    A writer of remarkably diverse talents, Elizabeth Gaskell produced fiction and non-fiction ranging from short stories that offered detailed cross-sections of Victorian life and society to a well-regarded biography of author Charlotte Bronte. The novel A Dark Night's Work is the engrossing apogee of Gaskell's foray into Gothic ghost stories... more...

  • The Life of Charlotte Bronteby Elizabeth Gaskell

    The Floating Press 2011; US$ 3.99

    Nineteenth-century novelist Elizabeth Gaskell was inspired to start writing in part through her friendship with Charlotte Bronte. Later, Gaskell took on the project of composing the first serious, full-length biography of Bronte, a work that scholars agree did much to fan the flames of Bronte's then-burgeoning reputation. The Life of Charlotte... more...

  • North and Southby Elizabeth Gaskell

    The Floating Press 2008; US$ 3.95

    North and South draws on Gaskell's own experiences of the poverty and hardship of life in the industrial north of England. Her heroine, Margaret Hale, is taken from the wealthy south by her nonconformist minister father, to live in a fictional northern town. The stark differences are explored through Margaret's abrupt change in circumstance,... more...

  • Ruthby Elizabeth Gaskell

    The Floating Press 2011; US$ 3.99

    Fans of social realism will appreciate the surprisingly nuanced and multi-faceted perspective on Victorian era morals and mores offered in Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell's sweeping novel Ruth. The story follows the fortune of Ruth, an orphan who is tricked into an intimate relationship with an aristocrat who later abandons her when she is pregnant... more...

  • The Moorland Cottageby Elizabeth Gaskell

    The Floating Press 2011; US$ 3.99

    Looking for an engaging and emotionally resonant read from a novelist who was inspired by the works of both Charles Dickens and Charlotte Bronte? Elizabeth Gaskell's 1850 short novel The Moorland Cottage offers up a unflinching slice of nineteenth-century family life, with a particular focus on family dynamics in an era where sons were openly favored. more...

  • Curious, If Trueby Elizabeth Gaskell

    The Floating Press 2011; US$ 3.99

    Though she began her literary career as a social realist working in the vein of her mentor Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell took a mid-career turn into the realm of supernatural writing. Curious, If True brings together a collection of Gaskell's most spine-chilling Victorian tales of horror and suspense. It's a must-read for fans of gothic... more...

  • My Lady Ludlowby Elizabeth Gaskell

    The Floating Press 2011; US$ 3.99

    This beloved novella from author Elizabeth Gaskell offers a fascinating glimpse into the lives of women in the nineteenth century, particularly those who were widowed or unmarried. The lack of legal rights afforded to these women may come as a shock to contemporary readers, but Gaskell addresses the unique challenges they faced -- and often triumphed... more...

  • Sylvia's Loversby Elizabeth Gaskell

    The Floating Press 2011; US$ 3.99

    This tragic tale from Elizabeth Gaskell follows the wartime love affairs of the title character. After her true love is believed to have perished at sea, Sylvia seeks stability in a loveless arranged marriage. But does her husband know more about her first lover's fate than he is admitting? more...