North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

North and South

Elizabeth Gaskell

Pearson Education - Penguin Readers, 2009

Level 6, 3000 headwords

British

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Life changes completely for Margaret Hale and her parents when they move to a smoky northern city. There, Margaret meets Mr Thornton, a wealthy cotton mill owner, and dislikes him immediately. But the mill owner falls passionately in love with her. Then his workers strike. Against a background of industrial drama and personal tragedy, is there any hope for Mr Thornton's dream?



Elizabeth Gaskell

Elizabeth Gaskell

Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell, female English novelist and writer, was born on 29 September 1810 in Chelsea. Her novels perfectly describe social life of people in Victoria era; therefore, many social historians are interested in them. Her first novel was Mary Barton which was published in 1848. Elizabeth worked also as a biographer and published The life of Charlotte Bronte, Charlotte Bronte’s first biography in 1857.
Elizabeth was beautiful, affectionate and good-tempered. She spent her childhood in Cheshire, a county in northwest England. She married William Gaskell, a Unitarian minister in 1832 and gave birth to six kids, the first stillborn and the second died in infancy. This tragedy was an inspiration for her first novel, Mary Barton. The other four children were Marianne, Margaret Emily, known as Meta, Florence Elizabeth, and Julia Bradford.
In her lifetime, Elizabeth Gaskell published five novels, 10 novellas and collections, 27 short stories and four non-fiction books. Some of her best known works are Cranford (1851–53), North and South (1854–55), Wives and Daughters (1865), A Dark Night's Work (1863), and The life of Charlotte Bronte.
She died of a heart attack in 1865, while visiting a house she had purchased in Holybourne, Hampshire.

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