Elizabeth Gaskell

Wives and Daughters
  • Wives and Daughters

  • Brought to you by Penguin.

    This Penguin Classic is performed by Laura Aikman. This definitive recording includes an introduction by Pam Norris.

    Set in English society before the 1832 Reform Bill, Wives and Daughters centres on the story of youthful Molly Gibson, brought up from childhood by her father. When he remarries a new stepsister, Cynthia, enters Molly's quiet life. Loveable but worldly and troubling, Cynthia's arrival alters Molly's daily life. The narrative traces the development of the two girls into womanhood within the gossiping and watchful society of Hollingford.

    Wives and Daughters is far more than a nostalgic evocation of village life; it offers an ironic critique of mid-Victorian society

    (P) Penguin Audio 2020

Elizabeth Gaskell (1810 - 65) was born in London, but grew up in the north of England. In 1832 she married the Rev. William Gaskell. Published in Dickens' Household Works and a lifelong friend of Charlotte Bronte, Gaskell's finest novel is North and South, also published by Penguin. Macdonald Daly is Lecturer in Modern Literature at Nottingham University. He has also edited DH Lawrence's Sons and Lovers and Kangaroo for Penguin Classics.

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