Journals Higher Education



Published: 15 June 2011

432 Pages

5 1/8 x 7 3/4 inches

ISBN: 9780199581955

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New Edition

Elizabeth Gaskell
Edited by Tim Dolin

Oxford World's Classics

  • Ruth (1853) was the first mainstream novel to make a fallen woman its eponymous heroine; shocking to contemporary readers, its radical utopian vision of 'a pure woman faithfully presented' predates Hardy's Tess by nearly forty years.
  • Tim Dolin's new introduction challenges the view of Ruth as one of Gaskell's weaker novels and explores its radicalism and cultural influence, and the remarkable story of love, family, and hypocrisy that it tells.
  • Fully revised and corrected new edition based on the three-volume first edition of 1853 collated with the one-volume 1855 edition.
  • Up-to-date bibliography, author chronology, and invaluable notes elucidating historical, religious, and literary allusions and points of signficance.
  • Introduction by Tim Dolin.
  • Up-to-date bibliography.
  • Revised chronology of the author.
  • Revised explanatory notes.
  • Improved appearance with completely reset text of the novel.

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