29 September 1810
EG was born Elizabeth Cleghorn Stevenson at 93 Cheyne Walk
, her parents' eighth and youngest child.
18 October 1848
EG published her innovative story of industrial strife, Mary Barton
, anonymously in two volumes. It was positively reviewed but also accused of being too sympathetic towards the the workers.
8 November 1848 Thomas Carlyle
(whose words EG had used as an epigraph to Mary Barton
) wrote an enthusiastic letter to her, praising her novel, which he said both he and his wife Jane
had read with pleasure.
13 December 1851
The first story of what became EG's Cranford
, linked tales of a female community which draw on her youth in Knutsford
, appeared in Household Words
The linked stories of Cranford
appeared in volume form, now divided into sixteen chapters. Following her death it became EG's best-known and most beloved work.
8 May 1855
EG entered into the first known English agreement for royalty payment on a new edition of Cranford
and a collection of Lizzie Leigh and Other Tales
put out by Chapman and Hall
12 November 1865
EG died suddenly of a stroke at her new home in Holybourne
, near Alton