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High-spirited, witty and passionate, Elizabeth Gaskell wrote some of the most enduring novels of the Victorian age, including Mary Barton, North and South and Wives and Daughters. Standing as a figure caught up in the religious and political radicalism of nineteenth century Britain, the book looks at how Elizabeth observed, from her Manchester home, the brutal but transforming impact of industry, enjoying a social and family life, but distracted by her need to write down the truth of what she saw.


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In this widely acclaimed biography, Elizabeth Gaskell emerges as an artist of unrecognized complexity, shrewdly observing the political, religious and feminist arguments of nineteenth century Britain, with enjoyment, passion and wit. Outros formatos.

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Encomenda ao editor, entrega em 1 a 2 semanas. This is a wonderful bio, providing insight into this marvelous Victorian author. Uglow provides a rich analysis of the novels and short stories and novellas in the context of Gaskell's life with family and friends, which gives a richer understanding of the works themselves.

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Report incorrect product info or prohibited items. He was to have a lasting influence on her political views. On a visit to Turner's daughter, who lived in Manchester , Elizabeth met William Gaskell , a minister at their local Unitarian chapel. They quickly developed a close friendship and were married on 30th August, The author of Gaskell: A Habit of Stories has argued: "They shared a faith and a love of literature and music but often seemed a contrast in appearance and temperament.

While Elizabeth was of medium height, tending to plumpness especially in later life , with an open smile, a constant flow of talk, and a distinct romantic streak, William was extremely tall and thin and apparently austere, with a dry sense of humour and an infinite capacity for hard work. Yet the marriage appears to have been extremely close, despite Elizabeth's many absences from home in later years. In July Gaskell's first child, a daughter, was born dead. Her first surviving daughter, Marianne, was born on 12th September and her daughter's first years are recorded in Gaskell's diary: "She will talk before she walks I think.

She can say pretty plainly papa, dark, stir, ship, lamp, book, tea, sweep.


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  • Her friends encouraged her to do more writing but she felt that she needed to concentrate on caring for her children. She later wrote: "When I had little children I do not think I could have written stories because I should have become too much absorbed in my fictitious people to attend to my real ones Gaskell's next child was born dead. She gave birth to Florence Elizabeth on 7th October The family now moved to a larger house at Upper Rumford Street , Manchester.

    On 23rd October came the birth of the Gaskells' son William, but at ten months later he died of scarlet fever. After this Elizabeth sank into a deep depression which did not really end until her last daughter, Julia Bradford was born in During this period the Gaskells became friends with the social reformers, Samuel Bamford and James Martineau. Gaskell was kept busy with the duties of being a minister's wife.

    She became a member of the District Provident Society, and helped distribute soup tickets, food, and clothing for the poor. Most of William Gaskell's parishioners were textile workers and Elizabeth was deeply shocked by the poverty she witnessed in Manchester. Elizabeth, like her husband, became involved in various charity work in the city.

    She now considered herself past having anymore children started writing a novel that attempted to illustrate the problems faced by people living in industrial towns and cities. With its casts of working-class characters and its attempt to address key social issues such as urban poverty , Chartism and the emerging trade union movement, Gaskell's novel shocked Victorian society. The Manchester Guardian accused Gaskell of unfairly criticising the employers and The Edinburgh Review denounced her ignorance of economics. The social reformer, Charles Kingsley , argued in Fraser's Magazine April , that the novel should be read by the educated classes: "Do they want to know why poor men, kind and sympathising as women to each other, learn to hate law and order, Queen, Lords and Commons, country-party and corn law leagues, all alike - to hate the rich in short?

    Claire Tomalin has pointed out: "With no more education than any other nice girl born in ; with marriage at twenty-one, and seven pregnancies thereafter; with all the domestic and social duties of the wife of a Unitarian minister, and the care and upbringing of her children; not to mention a taste for travel - prison visiting and humanitarian work among the poor - a social life as exuberant as that of Dickens and a circle of friends as large - with all this, still, at the age of thirty-six she became an enormously successful and respected writer in a hugely competitive and brilliant field.

    Elizabeth Gaskell : A Habit of Stories

    Dickens became editor and William Wills , a journalist he worked with on the Daily News , became his assistant. Dickens planned to serialise his new novels in the journal. He also wanted to promote the work of like-minded writers. The first person he contacted was Elizabeth Gaskell. Dickens had been very impressed with her first novel, Mary Barton: A Tale of Manchester Life and offered to take her future work. She sent him Lizzie Leigh , a story about a Manchester prostitute, which appeared in the first issue, on 30th March The two women became friends and took a keen interest in her children.

    She later recalled that Gaskell was "a woman of whose conversation and company I should not soon tire. She seems to me kind, clever, animated and unaffected".


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    Gaskell also got to know Florence Nightingale. She admired her sense of duty but found her manner difficult: "She has no friend - and wants none. She stands perfectly alone, half-way between God and His creatures".

    She also produced a series of stories that were published between 13th December and 21st May , that eventually became the novel, Cranford. Her biographer, Jenny Uglow has suggested that the Cranford stories "make the dangerous safe, touching the tenderest spots of memory and bringing the single, the odd and the wanderer into the circle of family and community.

    Dickens' study There are books all around, up to the ceiling, and down to the ground We were by this time in the drawing-room, which is not nearly so pretty or so home-like as the study We heard some beautiful music I kept trying to learn people's faces off by heart, that I might remember them; but it was rather confusing there were so very many. There were some nice little Dickens' children in the room, who were so polite, and well-trained. Gaskell also began work on a new novel.

    As the author of Gaskell: A Habit of Stories has explained: "Ruth tells the story of a fifteen-year-old seamstress who is seduced and has an illegitimate son.