Mary Barton

Mary Barton

By Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell; Jenny Uglow (Introduction by)

Everyman's Library, Hardcover, 9780679434948, 390pp.

Publication Date: May 1994


Mary Barton is the pretty daughter of a factory worker who finds herself dreaming of a better life when the mill-owner’s charming son, Henry, starts to court her. She rejects her childhood friend Jem’s affections in the hope of marrying Henry and escaping from the hard and bitter life that is the fate of the workers. But when Henry is shot dead in the street Jem becomes the prime suspect and Mary finds her loyalties tested to the limit.

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About the Author
Along with short stories and a biography of Charlotte Bronte, Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865) published five more novels including "Wives and Daughters" (1865).

Jenny Uglow's books include prizewinning biographies of Elizabeth Gaskell and William Hogarth. "The Lunar Men" (FSG, 2002) was described by Richard Holmes as "an extraordinarily gripping account," while "Nature's Engraver "won the National Arts Writers Award for 2007. "A Gambling Man" (FSG, 2009) was short-listed for the 2010 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction. Uglow grew up in Cumbria and now lives in Canterbury, England.