Ruth

Ruth

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by Elizabeth Gaskell, Eve Matheson, Eve Matheson
     
 

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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

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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:
9780754003816
Publisher:
AudioGO
Publication date:
01/28/2000
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
6.75(w) x 9.11(h) x 2.38(d)

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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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Ruth 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Unlike so many of shallow modern novels, Ruth offers a rich, deep, character-driven story with a powerful ending.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best book I have read in a long time. It draws you in and really leads you to empathise with Ruth and her plight. It was wonderful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A sweet sad story. It is told with quiet reserve and gentle truth. Slow moving but excellent.
Carmenhaydee More than 1 year ago
But I liked it. If you like old fashion English romances were all the women faint, get very pale and get feverish that almost kill them just because they are sad, in love or something "bad" happened to them then you will love this! I enjoy but I know is just me not the book.
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