North and South
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell, who set her 1855 novel in a version of Manchester she called Milton in the county of Darkshire.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Elizabeth Gaskell's novel North and South, published in 1855 after serialisation in Dickens' Household Words magazine. It is the story of Margaret Hale, who was raised in the South in the New Forest and London's Harley Street, and then moves North to a smokey mill town, Milton, in Darkshire. As well as Margaret's emotional life and her growing sense of independence, the novel explores the new ways of living thrown up by industrialisation, and the relationships between 'masters and men'. Many of Margaret Hale's experiences echo Gaskell's own life, as she was born in Chelsea and later moved to Manchester, and the novel has become valued for its insights into social conflicts and the changing world in which Gaskell lived.
Professor of English Literature at the University of Oxford
Pro-vice Chancellor for Research and Professor of English Literature at the University of Liverpool
Biographer of Elizabeth Gaskell
Producer: Simon Tillotson.
LINKS AND FURTHER READING
Charlotte Bronte, Shirley (first published 1849; Wordsworth, 1993)
J. A.V. Chapple and John Geoffrey Sharps (eds.), Elizabeth Gaskell: A Portrait in Letters (Manchester University Press, 2012)
Charles Dickens, Hard Times (first published 1854; Wordsworth, 1995)
Elizabeth Gaskell, Mary Barton (first published 1848; Penguin, 1996)
Elizabeth Gaskell (ed. Sally Shuttleworth), North and South (Oxford University Press, 1998)
Elizabeth Gaskell (ed. Elisabeth Jay), The Life of Charlotte Bronte (first published 1857; Penguin Classics, 1998)
Jill L. Matus (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Elizabeth Gaskell (Cambridge University Press, 2007)
Hilary M. Schor, Scheherezade in the Marketplace: Elizabeth Gaskell and the Victorian Novel (Oxford University Press, 1992)
Frances Trollope, The Life and Adventures of Michael Armstrong: The Factory Boy (first published 1840; Routledge, 2004)
Jenny Uglow, Elizabeth Gaskell: A Habit of Stories (Faber & Faber, 1993)
Susan Zlotnick, Women, Writing, and the Industrial Revolution (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998)
|Interviewed Guest||Sally Shuttleworth|
|Interviewed Guest||Jenny Uglow|
|Interviewed Guest||Dinah Birch|