The Manchester Man (novel)

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The Manchester Man is a novel by the British writer Isabella Banks. It was first published in three volumes in 1876. The story follows the life of a Manchester resident, Jabez Clegg, during the nineteenth century and his rise to prosperity in the booming industrial city. It depicts a number of real historical events such as the Peterloo Massacre.[1]

A quotation from the novel forms the epitaph on the tombstone of Tony Wilson, one of the founders of Factory Records in Manchester.[2]

Film adaptation[edit]

In 1920 the novel was adapted into a silent film The Manchester Man directed by Bert Wynne.


  1. ^ Sutherland p.406
  2. ^ Burgoyne, Patrick (2010-10-22). "- Saville and Kelly's memorial to Tony Wilson". Retrieved 5 April 2012. 


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  • Sutherland, Joan. The Stanford Companion to Victorian Fiction. Santford University Press, 1989.