Cousin Phillis and Other Tales

Cousin Phillis and Other Tales


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This selection of seven of Gaskell's best short stories includes "Lizzie Leigh," "The Old Nurse's Story," "Half a Life-time Ago," "Lois the Witch," "The Crooked Branch," "Curious, if True," and "Cousin Phillis."

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ISBN-13: 9780192815545
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 08/26/1982
Series: World's Classics Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 4.56(w) x 7.31(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

Tremendously popular in her lifetime, the books of the English author Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865) have often been overshadowed by her contemporaries the Brontës and George Eliot. Yet the reputation of her long-neglected masterpiece Wives and Daughters continues to grow. Gaskell wrote six novels in all — of which North and South and Cranford remain two of the best known — as well as numerous short stories, novellas, and a biography of her great friend Charlotte Brontё.

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Cousin Phillis, and Other Tales 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
lucybrown on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Moody and feelingly wrought short works by the author of Cranford and Mary Gaskell.
Cariola on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This collections was mixed--and a bit repetitive. Bad children, long suffering parents, moments of redemption and forgiveness. I'm not sure if Gaskell wrote these before some of her well-known novels or at the same time, but I did note a lot of similarity in characters and themes. The selfish, debt-ridden son in "The Crooked Branch," for example, was the same type as the son in The Moorland Cottage, and his faithful, sacrificing fiancee/cousin was a match for that young man's sister. "Lois the Witch" was a stereotypical tale of the witch craze in Salem, where jealousy and religious fanaticism turn into false accusations; it made me conclude that Gaskell is much better in familiar territory. While not really bad, this collection made me wish I had spent my time reading or rereading one of her better developed novels.