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Title: Mary Barton: A Tale of Manchester Life.
Description: London, Folio Society. 2004. Hard Cover with dust jacket. Ill.: Alexy Pendle. 391 pp, 9 1/2" H. Green and buff coloured cloth in a design by Frances Button, gold title block on spine with black lettering, dark green endpapers. Nine b&w illustrations, plus colour frontispiece, by Alexy Pendle. Originally published in 1848, "(t)his edition follows the text of Macdonald Daly's edition, published by Penguin Books in 1996, with minor emendations." "(T)he first novel to have a truly working-class girl as its heroine, and it let middle-class readers into her home and into her heart. It was a Manchester melodrama, a tale of the desperate 'Hungry Forties', with breath-stopping scenes of drama and excitement - a fire, a murder, a trial. It was a love story, and a tight, entangled portrayal of conflicting loyalties. But it was also a thoroughly sympathetic depiction of the lives of mill-workers, and of the gulf between them and their masters, uncovering an abyss of incomprehension and lack of communication that would lead inevitably to tragedy." Slipcase has very tiny scuff on one side panel, very small bump at top edge of rear panel. Fine/Very Good.

Keywords: Victorian England, Working Class, Class Structure, Manchester, Murder, Fire, Trials, Love, Romance, Mill Workers, Family Life, Poverty, Weavers, Mill-Owners, Social Unrest, Politics, Revolution, Job Legh, Jem Wilson, Mills, 19th Century. Alexy Pendle.

Price: US$ 32.50 Seller: Capricorn Books
- Book number: 29015

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