John Halifax, Gentleman: A Novel

John Halifax, Gentleman: A Novel

by Dinah Maria Mulock Craik, Simon Van Booy

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A deluxe Harper Perennial Legacy Edition, with an introduction from Simon Van Booy, nationally best-selling author of Father’s Day and The Illusion of Separateness

A compelling historical novel of a young man’s rise from poverty to wealth in a small provincial town during the Industrial Revolution, now available in a Legacy Edition from Harper Perennial Modern Classics.

Like Charles Dickens’s beloved David Copperfield, John Halifax is an orphan, determined to make his success through honest hard work. He becomes an apprentice to Abel Flecher, a tanner and a Quaker, and is soon befriended by Abel’s invalid son, Phineas, who chronicles John’s success in business and love, rising from the humblest of origins to the pinnacle of wealth made possible by England’s Industrial Revolution.

Dinah Maria Mulock Craik explores the sweeping transformation wrought by this revolutionary technological age, including the rise of the middle class and its impact on the social, economic, and political makeup of the nation as it moved from the eighteenth to the nineteenth century.

This Legacy Edition features a lush design and French flaps.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062378293
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/04/2014
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 608
Sales rank: 858,133
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Dinah Maria Mulock Craik was born in Staffordshire, England, in 1826. The daughter of a local minister, Craik was raised from an early age to value education and literature. She moved to London at the age of twenty and quickly became a popular author, publishing numerous short stories to considerable commercial and critical acclaim. An affable and witty conversationalist, Craik became something of a celebrity in London society. In 1854 she married George Lillie Craik, a partner with Alexander Macmillan at the publishing house Macmillan & Co. She died in 1887.

Simon Van Booy is the author of two novels and two collections of short stories, including The Secret Lives of People in Love and Love Begins in Winter, which won the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. He is the editor of three philosophy books and has written for The New York Times, The Guardian, NPR, and the BBC. His work has been translated into fourteen languages. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and daughter.

Table of Contents

Dinah Mulock Craik: A Brief Chronology
A Note on the Text
John Halifax, Gentleman
Appendix A: The Idea of the “Gentleman” in Victorian Culture
1. From Lord Chesterfield, Letters to His Son and Others (1774)
2. From Thomas Carlyle, Past and Present (1843)
3. From John Henry Newman, The Idea of a University (1854)
4. From Samuel Smiles, Self-Help (1859)
5. From [James Fitzjames] F. Stephen, “Gentlemen,” Cornhill Magazine (March 1862)
Appendix B: Working Conditions and Labor Unrest in the Early Nineteenth-Century
1. From J.E. Taylor, The Peterloo Massacre (1819)
2. From William Cobbett, Rural Rides (1830)
3. From Thomas Carlyle, “Signs of the Times,” Edinburgh Review (June 1829)
4. From Parlimentary Reports (1832-33)
a. from a speech by M.T. Sadler (1832)
b. from a speech by Richard Oastler, “Yorkshire Slavery” (1831-32)
c. from Parliamentary Papers, volume 20 (1833)
5. From Peter Gaskell, The Manufacturing Population of England (1833)
6. From John Fielden, The Curse of the Factory System (1836)
7. From Friedrich Engels, The Condition of the Working Class in England in 1844 (1845)
Appendix C: Women’s Roles in Victorian England
1. From Catherine Macaulay, Letters on Education (1790)
2. From Sarah Ellis, The Women of England, Their Social Duties and Domestic Habits (1839)
3. From Dinah Mulock Craik, A Woman’s Thoughts about Women (1858)
4. From Isabella Beeton, The Book of Household Management (1861)
5. From John Ruskin, Sesame and Lilies (1865)
6. From John Stuart Mill, The Subjection of Women (1869)
Appendix D: Reviews
1. “New Novels: John Halifax, Gentleman,” Athenaeum (26 April 1856)
2. From [Stopford Brooke], “Notes upon New Books: John Halifax,” Dublin University Magazine (October 1856)
3. From [R.H. Hutton], “Novels by the Authoress of ‘John Halifax,’” North British Review (1858)
4. From “The Author of John Halifax,” The British Quarterly Review (July 1866)
5. From Robert Nourse, “An Old Book for New Readers,” The Dial (June 1883)
6. From Frances Martin, “Mrs Craik,” Athenaeum (22 October 1887)
7. From S.M. Ellis, “Dinah Maria Mulock (Mrs. Craik),” The Bookman (April 1926)
Appendix E: Religious Issues
1. From George Fox, Journal (1694)
2. From John Wesley, Sermons on Several Occasions (1746)
3. From Charles Lamb, “A Quakers’ Meeting,” The Essays of Elia (1823)
4. From John Henry Newman, Apologia Pro Vita Sua (1864)
5. From Mary Howitt, An Autobiography (1889)
Appendix F: Fictional Counterpoints
1. From Harriet Martineau, A Manchester Strike (Illustrations of Political Economy) (1832)
2. From Charlotte Brontë, Shirley (1849)
3. From Coventry Patmore, The Angel in the House (1854-62)
4. From Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South (1855)
5. From Charles Dickens, Great Expectations (1861)
Appendix G: Table of Dates of Relevant Events and Legislation
Select Bibliography

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