Elizabeth Gaskell





Elizabeth Gaskell


Born
in Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, The United Kingdom
September 29, 1810

Died
November 12, 1865

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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.

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More books by Elizabeth Gaskell…
“Sometimes one likes foolish people for their folly, better than wise people for their wisdom.”
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“How easy it is to judge rightly after one sees what evil comes from judging wrongly.”
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Polls

October 2016 Old School Classic Poll

 
  43 votes, 27.4%

1320, The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri, 798 pages
 
  31 votes, 19.7%

 
  17 votes, 10.8%

1796, The Monk by Matthew Gregory Lewis, 386 pages
 
  16 votes, 10.2%

1895, Quo Vadis by Henryk Sienkiewicz, 579 pages
 
  16 votes, 10.2%

1848, Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell, 437 pages
 
  14 votes, 8.9%

1832, Indiana by George Sand, 278 pages
 
  7 votes, 4.5%

1864, Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu, 477 pages
 
  7 votes, 4.5%

 
  6 votes, 3.8%

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