Mary Barton

Elizabeth Cleghorn GASKELL (1810 - 1865)

Mary Barton is the first novel by English author Elizabeth Gaskell, published in 1848. The story is set in the English city of Manchester during the 1830s and 1840s and deals heavily with the difficulties faced by the Victorian lower class.
The novel begins in Manchester, where we are introduced to the Bartons and the Wilsons, two working class families. John Barton reveals himself to be a great questioner of the distribution of wealth and the relation between the rich and the poor. He also relates how his sister-in-law Esther has disappeared after she ran away from home.
Soon afterwards Mrs Barton dies, and John is left with his daughter Mary to cope in the harsh world around them. Having already been deeply affected by the loss of his son Tom at a young age, after the death of his wife, Barton tackles depression and begins to involve himself in the Chartist movement connected with the trade unions. (summary from Wikipedia)

Genre(s): Published 1800 -1900

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 A Mysterious Disappearance Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)
00:26:59
Play 02 A Manchester Tea-Party. Lee Ann Howlett
00:14:59
Play 03 John Barton's Great Trouble. Wendy Belcher
00:22:05
Play 04 Old Alice's History. Kim S
00:25:23
Play 05 The Mill On Fire--Jem Wilson To The Rescue. Dawn
00:48:13
Play 06 Poverty And Death. Dawn
00:46:09
Play 07 Jem Wilson's Repulse. Wendy Belcher
00:19:46
Play 08 Margaret's Debut As A Public Singer. Wendy Belcher
00:37:45
Play 09 Barton's London Experiences. Wendy Belcher
00:35:55
Play 10 Return Of The Prodigal. Wendy Belcher
00:31:37
Play 11 Mr. Carson's Intentions Revealed. Wendy Belcher
00:33:05
Play 12 Old Alice's Bairn. Lee Ann Howlett
00:20:51
Play 13 A Traveller's Tales. Maire Rhode
00:25:25
Play 14 Jem's Interview With Poor Esther. senshisteph
00:29:52
Play 15 A Violent Meeting Between The Rivals. Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)
00:40:42
Play 16 Meeting Between Masters And Workmen. Anna Dailey
00:22:46
Play 17 Barton's Night Errand. ayngelwing
00:27:03
Play 18 Murder. Sibella Denton
00:24:06
Play 19 Jem Wilson Arrested On Suspicion. Sibella Denton
00:25:30
Play 20 Mary's Dream--And The Awakening. Lee Ann Howlett
00:17:45
Play 21 Esther's Motive In Seeking Mary. Stephanie Dupal-Demartin
00:24:21
Play 22 Mary's Efforts To Prove An Alibi. Martina
00:28:06
Play 23 The Sub-Poena. Kim S
00:30:12
Play 24 With The Dying. Stephanie Dupal-Demartin
00:19:06
Play 25 Mrs. Wilson's Determination. Belinda Brown
00:19:47
Play 26 The Journey To Liverpool. Sibella Denton
00:07:32
Play 27 In The Liverpool Docks. Sibella Denton
00:16:10
Play 28 "John Cropper," Ahoy! Sibella Denton
00:15:27
Play 29 A True Bill Against Jem. Sibella Denton
00:11:43
Play 30 Job Legh's Deception. Sibella Denton
00:10:11
Play 31 How Mary Passed The Night. Kim S
00:12:32
Play 32 The Trial And Verdict--"Not Guilty!" Stephanie Dupal-Demartin
00:42:18
Play 33 Requiescat In Pace. Lee Ann Howlett
00:28:54
Play 34 The Return Home. Martina
00:32:05
Play 35 "Forgive Us Our Trespasses." Martina
00:34:02
Play 36 Jem's Interview With Mr. Duncombe. Stephanie Dupal-Demartin
00:15:28
Play 37 Details Connected With The Murder. Stephanie Dupal-Demartin
00:21:25
Play 38 Conclusion. Michelle Crandall
00:11:51