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Ruth. A Novel By the author of "Mary Barton
London: Chapman and Hall, 1853. First edition. Hardcover. Three quarter navy morocco and blue cloth, spines uniformly faded to brown. Teg. Very good/Near fine. 3vols/No Dust Jacket. 298, 328, 311 pages. 20 x 13 cm. This, her third novel, followed "Mary Barton" and "Cranford." Although her writing conforms to Victorian convention, her constant theme of tolerance predicated upon her strong Unitarian background, also filters to an emphasis on the role of women, and presents a devoted voice for her middle class characters. She also wrote the first biography of Charlotte Bronte. "Ruth" is the story of a seamstress wronged by a gentlemen as a teenager who through good deeds more than redeems herself only to be shunned by her congregation upon learning of her earlier life. Gaskell maker clear Ruth is more a Christian than the her smug church members miming conventional Victorian mores. Indeed, the book was burned and removed from circulating libraries. SADLIER 933. Bookplates, owner inscription dated 1910, Bound by Root & Son, marbled endpapers, raised bands, spine panels richly gilt, joints slightly rubbed.
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