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|Lois the Witch (Hesperus Classics)|
Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
Recently orphaned, Lois is forced to leave the English parsonage that had been her home, and sail to America. A Godfearing and honest girl, she has little to fear in this new life. Yet as she joins her distant family, she finds jealousy and dissention are rife, and her cousins quick to point the finger at the 'impostor'. With the whole of Salem gripped by a fear of the supernatural, it seems her home is where she is in most danger. Lonely and afraid, the words of an old curse return to haunt her.
Friend and collaborator with Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins, Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865) is a leading figure in Victorian literature. Writer of award-winning biographies of Mrs Gaskell and William Hogarth, and author of The Lunar Men, 1760-1820, Jenny Uglow is vice president of the Gaskell Society.