chapter  1
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Mary Barton, ch. 6

To her contemporaries Mrs. Gaskell seemed a thoroughly modern writer. She began her career as a novelist by dealing with the latest and most pressing social problems of the day, and some of her importance seemed to be that she presented what had never before been shown in fiction Mary Barton won recognition by its realistic portrayal of the squalor to which the new urban proletariat was reduced.