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Wives and Daughters (Penguin Classics) (original 1865; edition 2001)
Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell (1865)
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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 step-sister enters Molly's quiet life – loveable, but worldly and troubling, Cynthia. The narrative traces the development of the two girls into womanhood within the gossiping and watchful society of Hollingford.
Wives and Daughters is far more than a nostalgic evocation of village life; it offers an ironic critique of mid-Victorian society. 'No nineteenth-century novel contains a more devastating rejection than this of the Victorian male assumption of moral authority', writes Pam Morris in her introduction to this new edition, in which she explores the novel's main themes – the role of women, Darwinism and the concept of Englishness – and its literary and social context.
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A Victorian country gentleman's new marriage produces mixed reactions from family and close associates in his English village.
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3 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.
An edition of this book was published by Tantor Media.
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