Elizabeth Gaskell

Standard Name: Gaskell, Elizabeth
Birth Name: Elizabeth Cleghorn Stevenson
Nickname: Lily
Married Name: Elizabeth Gaskell
Indexed Name: Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
Pseudonym: Cotton Mather Mills
Pseudonym: The Author of Mary Barton etc.
Self-constructed Name: E. C. Gaskell
Elizabeth Gaskell , one of the foremost fiction-writers of the mid-Victorian period, produced a corpus of seven novels, numerous short stories, and a controversial biography of Charlotte Brontë . She wrote extensively for periodicals, as well as producing novels directly for the book market, often on issues of burning interest: her industrial novels appeared in the midst of fierce debate over class relations, factory conditions and legislation; Ruth took a fallen woman and mother as its protagonist just as middle-class feminist critique of gender roles emerged. Gaskell occupies a bridging position between Harriet Martineau and George Eliot in the development of the domestic novel.


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Occupation Constance Lytton
She undertook some teaching of the girls while she was there, but was not satisfied with her performance, which was hampered by shyness. On her one successful evening she dressed up as Debòrah Jenkyns in...
Occupation Lucy Toulmin Smith
Manchester College (now Harris Manchester College ) had a long and distinguished history as a Dissenting institution (including spells at York and London) before it moved to Oxford in 1889 and into new buildings...
Performance of text Rosamond Lehmann
A new departure for RL was a lecture on Elizabeth Gaskell , which she gave at Leicester University in autumn 1953.
Hastings, Selina. Rosamond Lehmann. Chatto and Windus.
politics Josephine Butler
Their relocation was, however, only partly due to consideration for her health. One scholar notes that during their residence at Oxford, in a community dominated by distinguished intellectuals [JB ] was merely the wife...
Author summary Jessie Fothergill
During her relatively short career in the later nineteenth century, Jessie Fothergill produced fourteen novels, many of which ran to several editions and appeared in Indian and Australian journals,
Jane Crisp refers to JF 's...
Author summary Elizabeth Stone
Elizabeth Stone published several novels during the 1840s and 50s, including early Condition of England novels. She continued to publish in her other chosen genres (social history and religious books) for another two decades. Despite...
Publishing Mary Elizabeth Coleridge
MEC 's essay Mrs. Gaskell appeared in the pages of the Times Literary Supplement.
Coleridge, Mary Elizabeth. “Memoir and Editorial Materials”. Gathered Leaves from the Prose of Mary E. Coleridge, edited by Edith Sichel, Constable, pp. 1 - 44; various pages.
Publishing Dinah Mulock Craik
Dinah Mulock implicitly attacked Elizabeth Gaskell 's Life of Charlotte Brontë in Literary Ghouls for Chambers's.
Mitchell, Sally. Dinah Mulock Craik. Twayne.
100, 129n7
Publishing Mary Linskill
One of the pieces in this volume, Cornborough Vicarage was said in the Feminist Companion to have been serialized in Good Words, but Stamp thinks it unlikely that any of the volume's contents had...
Publishing Henrietta Camilla Jenkin
Her friend Elizabeth Gaskell wrote to George Smith of Smith, Elder on 10 February 1859 to urge him to publish this novel, which, however, she declared she had not read. He sent her a copy...
Publishing Henrietta Camilla Jenkin
From two undated letters of Elizabeth Gaskell , it seems that Gaskell recommended to William Chambers the serialization of one of HCJ 's works in Chambers's Journal.
Gaskell, Elizabeth. The Letters of Mrs Gaskell. Editors Chapple, J. A. V. and Arthur Pollard, Harvard University Press.
942, 809
Publishing Marie Belloc Lowndes
MBL made her views known to the public through the columns of the Times on a variety of political and literary issues: women's suffrage, food rationing during the first world war (on which she offered...
Publishing Georgiana Chatterton
She had signed the agreement with her publisher, Richard Bentley , on 4 December 1861.
“The Ferrers of Baddesley Clinton”. Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.
She says that she set out here rather to give the value of the words than their scholastic or critically...
Publishing Isabella Banks
She continued writing for Notes and Queries until 1897, on a range of topics usually relating to Manchester as she had known it in her youth. Article titles included Street Lighting in Manchester Before Gas...
Reception Julia Wedgwood
Her father discouraged her from writing any more fiction after this. She abandoned a third novel, notwithstanding Elizabeth Gaskell 's urging her to continue.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray et al., editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. http://www.oxforddnb.com/.


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