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Elizabeth Gaskell
Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell was born in London in 1810, but she spent her formative years in Cheshire, Stratford-upon-Avon and the north of England. In 1832 she married the Reverend William Gaskell, who became well known as the minister of the Unitarian Chapel in Manchester’s Cross Street. As well... show more



Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell was born in London in 1810, but she spent her formative years in Cheshire, Stratford-upon-Avon and the north of England. In 1832 she married the Reverend William Gaskell, who became well known as the minister of the Unitarian Chapel in Manchester’s Cross Street. As well as leading a busy domestic life as minister’s wife and mother of four daughters, she worked among the poor, traveled frequently and wrote. Mary Barton (1848) was her first success.

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Themis-Athena's Garden of Books
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books rated it 1 month ago
Facially, the story is your basic Austen setup with the sole difference apparent at first sight that the narrator is a male observer of the events (which incidentally is unusual for Gaskell, too) and [spoiler] there is no HEA -- the ending is open. [/spoiler] However, this wouldn't be Gaskell if s...
A Scottish-Canadian Blethering On About Books
"Although the ladies of Cranford know all each other's proceedings, they are exceedingly indifferent to each other's opinions ... but, somehow, good-will reigns among them to a considerable degree." That passage from the first chapter of Cranford is actually a pretty good summation of what we lear...
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Dem rated it 9 months ago
Elizabeth Day’s first novel, Scissors, Paper, Stone which I really enjoyed won a Betty Trask award So I was really looking forward to her latest book and when I saw it compared to The Dinner by Herman Koch I was really excited about the read.The Party starts at the end of a story that began in publi...
Sailing in a Sea of Words
Sailing in a Sea of Words rated it 11 months ago
Book: North and South Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Genre: Fiction/Social Commentary/Coming-Of-Age/Romance Summary: When her father leaves the Church in a crisis of conscience, Margaret Hale is uprooted from her comfortable home in Hampshire to move with her family to the north of England. Initial...
A Man With An Agenda
A Man With An Agenda rated it 1 year ago
My Lady Ludlow turns out to be the weakest link in the Cranford Chronicles. The story starts off well enough, with young Margaret Dawson being summoned to live with her distant cousin Lady Ludlow to lift some burden off of her family. The small village and the estate of Hanbury have their characters...
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