Elizabeth Gaskell

Elizabeth Gaskell


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

Died
November 12, 1865

Genre


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

September 2015 Old School Classic Poll

1857, Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert, 329 pages
 
  35 votes, 22.9%

 
  25 votes, 16.3%

 
  23 votes, 15.0%

-850, The Odyssey by Homer, 560 pages
 
  19 votes, 12.4%

 
  15 votes, 9.8%

1853, Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell, 432 pages
 
  9 votes, 5.9%

1887, The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy, 464 pages
 
  7 votes, 4.6%

1833, Eugénie Grandet by Honoré de Balzac, 200 pages
 
  7 votes, 4.6%

1880, Heidi by Johanna Spyri, 352 pages
 
  7 votes, 4.6%

 
  3 votes, 2.0%

 
  3 votes, 2.0%

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