Mary Barton: A Tale of Manchester Life
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About: Author: Elizabeth Gaskell, Stephen Gill Goodreads Rating: 3.72 Publisher: Penguin Classics About: This is Elizabeth Gaskell's first novel, a widely acclaimed work based on the actual murder, in 1831, of a progressive mill owner. It follows Mary Barton, daughter of a man implicated in the murder, through her adolescence, when she suffers the advances of the mill owner, and later throughlove and marriage. Set in Manchester, between 1837-42, it paints a powerful and moving picture of working-class life in Victorian England.
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