Elizabeth Gaskell’s first novel depicts nothing less than the great clashes between capital and labour, which arose from rapid industrialisation and problems of trade in the mid-nineteenth century
And at the heart of the narrative lies a murder which implicates them all
As the wife of a Unitarian minister she was solidly middle-class but she also had close contact with the working classes around her, sympathised with them, and...
But these clashes are dramatized through personal struggles
Elizabeth Gaskell wrote her first novel about the world in which she lived Manchester at the height of the industrial revolution
His daughter Mary is caught between two lovers, from opposing classes worker and manufacturer
John Barton has to reconcile his personal conscience with his socialist duty, risking his life and liberty in the process
Mary Barton was published in 1848, at a time of great social ferment in Europe, and it reflects its revolutionary moment through an English lens