Ruth

Ruth

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by Elizabeth Gaskell
     
 

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A young orphan, Ruth Hilton, is seduced and then abandoned by the wealthy Henry Bellingham. She is left to bring up her child in a society thatoffers her no protection and seems to punish such innocence. Pretending to be a widow, Ruth is taken in by a minister and is given a chance to bring up her son whom she loves above all else. This was a crusading novel when it…  See more details below

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A young orphan, Ruth Hilton, is seduced and then abandoned by the wealthy Henry Bellingham. She is left to bring up her child in a society thatoffers her no protection and seems to punish such innocence. Pretending to be a widow, Ruth is taken in by a minister and is given a chance to bring up her son whom she loves above all else. This was a crusading novel when it was published in 1853, and aroused almost as much censure for its shocking scenes as it did sympathy for the heroine.

Author Biography: Elizabeth Gleghorn Gaskell (1810-1865) is also the author of Mary Barton, North and South, Cranford, The Life of Charlotte Bronte, Sylvia's Lover, and Wives and Daughters.

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"A generally good teaching edition at a reasonable price."--Christopher C. Dahl, University of Michigan, Dearborn

"Essential that this remain in print for Victorian culture studies."--Linda Shires, Syracuse University

"I'm happy that you have made Ruth affordable for classroom use. Ruth illuminates many of the conflicts over 'the fallen woman' as Christian martyr or feminist hero seen in more famous Victorian novels such as Tess and The Scarlet Letter. Your edition is well-edited and readably printed."--Dr. Jeanette Shumaker, San Diego State University (Imperial Valley Branch)

"OUP is the only publisher of this in paperback. It's a significant book for any Victorian literature course and particularly for one on Victorian women."--Eleanor McNees, University of Denver

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940000733851
Publisher:
B&R Samizdat Express
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
2 MB

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Tim Dolin is Associate Professor in the School of Media, Culture, and Creative Arts at Curtin University of Technology.

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