Cranford and Selected Short Stories
The sheer variety and accomplishment of Elizabeth Gaskell's shorter fiction is amazing. This new volume contains six of her finest stories that have been selected specifically to demonstrate this, and to trace the development of her art. As diverse in setting as in subject matter, these tales move from the gentle comedy of life in a small English country town in Dr Harrison's Confessions, to atmospheric horror in far north-west Wales with The Doom of the Griffiths. The story of Cousin Phillis, her masterly tale of love and loss, is a subtle, complex and perceptive analysis of changes in English national life during an industrial age, while the gripping Lois the Witch recreates the terrors of the Salem witchcraft trials in seventeenth-century New England, as Gaskell shrewdly shows the numerous roots of this furious outbreak of delusion. Whimsically modified fairy tales are set in a French chateau, while an engaging love story poetically evokes peasant life in wine-growing Germany.
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Review: Cranford & Other Stories (Wordsworth Classics)User Review - Mel - Goodreads
I absoultely loved the BBC production of Cranford and decided I should read the stories. The collection I found actually contained Cranford, Dr. Harrison's Confessions, The Doom of the Griffiths, Lois ... Read full review
Review: Cranford and Selected Short Stories (Wordsworth Classics)User Review - Helen Graham - Goodreads
Cranford is a masterpiece of a domestic not-at-all-exciting novel. It was light, bright and funny most of the times. Judging from short stories presented in this books, I don't think Elizabeth Gaskell ... Read full review
INTRODUCTION TO Cranford
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE ON THE AUTHOR
INTRODUCTION TO The Short Stories
Curious if True
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