First published serially in Charles Dickens's magazine All the Year Round. The word "dark" was added to the original title by Dickens against Gaskell's wishes. The story centers on a country lawyer, Edward Wilkins, and his daughter Ellinor. Edward has an artistic and literary personality, unsuited to his social position as the son of a successful lawyer who takes over his father's practice in the provincial town of Hamley.
The work focuses on the realistic analysis of character and emotion, rather than melodrama. Warning: template has been deprecated.— Excerpted from A Dark Night's Work on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
2540458A Dark Night's Work1863Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell