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&&LDIV&&R&&LDIV&&R&&LI&&RWives and Daughters&&L/I&&R, by &&LB&&RElizabeth Gaskell&&L/B&&R, is part of the &&LI&&RBarnes & Noble Classics&&L/I&&R&&LI&&R &&L/I&&Rseries, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of &&LI&&RBarnes & Noble Classics&&L/I&&R: &&LDIV&&R
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All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. &&LI&&RBarnes & Noble Classics &&L/I&&Rpulls together a constellation of influences--biographical, historical, and literary--to enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works.&&L/DIV&&R&&L/DIV&&R&&LP style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"&&R &&L/P&&R&&LP style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"&&RTremendously popular in her lifetime, &&LB&&RElizabeth Gaskell&&L/B&&R has often been overshadowed by her contemporaries the Bront's and George Eliot. Yet the reputation of her long-neglected masterpiece &&LI&&RWives and Daughters&&L/I&&R continues to grow, fulfilling Henry James's prophecy that the novel would "continue for years to come to be read and relished . . .so delicately, so elaborately, so artistically, so truthfully, and heartily is the story wrought out."&&LBR&&R&&LBR&&RAn enchanting tale of romance, scandal, and intrigue in the gossipy English town of Hollingford around the 1830s, &&LI&&RWives and Daughters&&L/I&&R tells the story of Molly Gibson, the seventeen-year-old daughter of a widowed country doctor. When her father remarries, she forms a close friendship with her new stepsister--the beautiful and worldly Cynthia--until they become love rivals for the affections of Squire Hamley's sons, Osbourne and Roger. When sudden illness and death reveal some secrets while shrouding others in even deeper mystery, Molly feels that the world is out of joint and it is up to her--trusted by all but listened to by none--to set it right.&&LBR&&R&&L/P&&R&&LP style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"&&R&&LSTRONG&&RAmy M. King&&L/B&&R&&L/B&&R is Assistant Professor of English at St. John's University in New York City and the author of &&LI&&RBloom: The Botanical Vernacular in the English Novel&&L/I&&R (Oxford University Press, 2003).&&L/P&&R&&L/DIV&&R.