An Everyman Classic.
An exotic historical narrative of realistic compulsion.
Set in the isolated whaling community of Monkshaven during the Napoleonic wars, this is a strange and tragic love story fused with a tale of the press-gangs' evil tyranny over the local people. Left penniless after her father's death, Sylvia reluctantly marries her devoted but deceitful cousin, Philip Hepburn. When Kinraid, now a wartime hero, unexpectedly returns, the passionate and vulnerable Sylvia breaks under the strain and must make the fateful choice between her two lovers.
This is the most comprehensive edition available, with introduction, notes, selected criticism, further reading, text summary and chronology of Gaskell's life and times.
- Publication Date:
- 01 / 01 / 1997
- 130 x 198 x 28mm