Thursday, February 19, 2009

Elizabeth Gaskell

This week I am focusing on another Victorian author, Elizabeth Gaskell.
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as our Kindred Reading Group begins her book, Wives and Daughters, I am compelled to do a bit on research on the author.
According to Wikipedia, "Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell, née Stevenson, (29 September 1810 – 12 November 1865), often referred to simply as Mrs. Gaskell, was an English novelist and short story writer during the Victorian era. She is perhaps best known for her biography of Charlotte Brontë. Her novels offer a detailed portrait of the lives of many strata of society, including the very poor, and as such are of interest to social historians as well as lovers of literature.
Though she was born in Chelsea, much of Elizabeth's childhood was spent in Cheshire, where she lived with her aunt Hannah Lumb in Knutsford, a town she would later immortalise as Cranford. They lived in a large red brick house, Heathwaite, on Heathside (now Gaskell Avenue), which faces the large open area of Knutsford Heath.
She married in 1832 and then settled in Manchester, where the industrial surroundings would offer inspiration for her novels, namely Cranford (1853), North and South (1854), and Wives and Daughters (1865). " So I am off to Barnes and Noble to purchase my own copy of Wives and Daughters.

4 comments:

  1. I think I will go bookmark her, thank you for sharing.

    Roberta Anne

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  2. I am excited to start reading her! It should be fun!!

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  3. How fascinating to learn all that about a favored author!

    I love the new spring look of your blog. :-)

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  4. Sounds really good- you'll have to let me know if you like the book! I love the new look of your blog and springtime theme!

    love,
    manda

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