Mary Barton | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Michael D. Wheeler

This literature criticism consists of approximately 22 pages of analysis & critique of Mary Barton.
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Critical Essay by Michael D. Wheeler

SOURCE: Wheeler, Michael D. “The Writer as Reader in Mary Barton.Durham University Journal 36, no. 1 (December 1974): 92-102.

In the following essay, Wheeler investigates the various literary sources that may have provided the inspiration for Gaskell's novel.

Susanna Winkworth was one of many contemporaries who described Elizabeth Gaskell's devoted commitment to her domestic duties: ‘Her books … were only written when all possible domestic and social claims had been satisfied. Not only was she a devoted wife and mother, but her actual household cares were a positive delight to her. She was more proud of her cows and poultry, pigs and vegetables, than of her literary triumphs, and trained a succession of young women into first-rate cooks. Nor did she ever forget the special duties of a minister&#x...

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