Oxford World’s Classics
Gaskell’s depiction of a fallen woman as her heroine shocked contemporary readers. Ruth is seduced and heartlessly abandoned but finds shelter and love with her illegitimate child until a twist of fate brings her past back to haunt her. This new edition explores the novel’s radicalism and cultural influence.
Elizabeth Gaskell, Tim Dolin (Associate Professor in the School of Media, Culture, and Creative Arts, Curtin University of Technology) – Oxford University Press