Antiquarian Victorian-era (1882) hardcover book Sylvia's Lovers and Other Tales by Mrs. Gaskell | Elizabeth Gaskell. Printed by Smith Elder UK.
Hardcover first American edition book from the home library of English Scholar Henry Fisher Cox. Book is complete at 440 pages plus advertising pages at the back of the book. NO! dust jacket. Embossed covers, sewn-in binding.
About the author: Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell, often referred to as Mrs Gaskell, was an English novelist, biographer and short story writer. Her novels offer a detailed portrait of the lives of the many strata of Victorian society, including the very poor and are of interest to social historians, as well as lovers of literature. Some of Gaskell's best-known novels are Cranford (1851–53), North and South (1854–55) on which the famous TV series from the mid 1980s is based and where Patrick Swayze and Kirstie Alley got his their starts and Wives and Daughters (1865).
Synopsis: Sylvia's Lovers, according to Gaskell "the saddest book she ever wrote" is her fourth novel written immediately after her successful North and South, Sylvia's Lovers is a story of a young woman caught between the attractions of two very different men. Set in the 1790s in an English seaside town during the time when England is at war with France and press-gangs | forced conscription crews wreak havoc seizing young men for service. One of their victims, a whaling harpooner named Charley Kinraid, has captured the heart of Sylvia Robson with his charm and vivacity. But Sylvia’s devoted cousin, Philip Hepburn, hopes to marry her himself and, in order to win her, deliberately withholds crucial information from Sylvia about Kinraid with devastating consequences. The introduction discusses the novel's historical and geographical authenticity, as well as its innovative treatment of gender and human relationships
Condition: In FAIR! antique condition and complete. There are a few pages at the front of the book that have separated from the bind. Covers show wear and rub, especially about the corners, and light blemishes. There are penciled annotations to the margins in places. There is a name, brief inscription and date (Christmas, 1885) penciled into the front overleaf. Interior pages show the expected foxing for newsprint of the period. Some of the pages show spots of water damage. All illustrations are bright and vivid all text is clear and legible.
Approximate measurements: 7-1/2" x 5-1/4" | hardcover | embossed covers | 440 pages+ | NO dust jacket.
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