Online Talk: Mary Barton: An Introduction
Our new season of ‘Mary Barton’ events begins with an introduction to Elizabeth Gaskell’s first novel, Mary Barton: A Tale of Manchester Life. The story is a tale of class strife, romantic love and action adventure as Mary Barton, daughter of a trade unionist, is torn between the working-class Jem Wilson and mill owner’s son Henry Carson after a tragic shooting. Mary’s dilemma powerfully dramatises the historical reality of Victorian life and foresees the class struggle and romantic plot of later novels such as ‘North and South’. Find out more about the context in which the book was written, including industrial Manchester and Elizabeth’s personal life with speaker Elizabeth Williams.
‘It was excellent. What an engaging, articulate, enthusiastic and well informed speaker.‘ Visitor to previous event.
Wednesday 18 January, 7-8pm
The talk will be approx 45 mins long, with time for a short question session afterwards.
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7pm - 8pm