Cranford (Penguin Clothbound Classics) (Hardcover)

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By Elizabeth Gaskell, Patricia Ingham (Editor), Patricia Ingham (Introduction by), Patricia Ingham (Notes by), Coralie Bickford-Smith (Illustrator)
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WGBH has just finished airing "Return to Cranford" the two part sequel to 2008's "Cranford" and I just loved it. So much so that after I watched the first Cranford I took the book on vacation and read it virtually in one sitting. It was lovely and I have to say even though it is set in the 1840's it seemed quite timeless. I just found out that Cranford was first published as a serial, in a magazine edited by Charles Dickens and is based on the village where Elizabeth Gaskell grew up. We have two editions, one with the lovely Judy Dench on the cover in paperback and the other a beautiful green cloth binding part of a set of classics from Penguin.

— From Lorna


Part of Penguin's beautiful hardback Clothbound Classics series, designed by the award-winning Coralie Bickford-Smith, these delectable and collectible editions are bound in high-quality colourful, tactile cloth with foil stamped into the design. Gaskell's best known work is set in a small rural town, inhabited largely by women. This is a community that runs on cooperation and gossip, at the very heart of which are the daughters of the former rector: Miss Deborah Jenkyns and her sister Miss Matty. But domestic peace is constantly threatened in the form of financial disaster, imagined burglaries, tragic accidents, and the reapparance of long-lost relatives.

About the Author

Patricia Ingham is Senior Research Fellow and Reader at St Anne's College, Oxford. She has written on the Victorian novel and on Hardy in particular. she is the General Editor of all Hardy's fiction in the Penguin Classics and has edited Gaskell's North and South for the series.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780141442549
ISBN-10: 0141442549
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: October 27th, 2009
Pages: 304
Language: English
Series: Penguin Clothbound Classics