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

June 2017 Old School Classic Poll

Othello by William Shakespeare, 1603, 314 pages
 
  48 votes, 15.0%

Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell, 1848, 437 pages
 
  41 votes, 12.8%

 
  34 votes, 10.6%

 
  34 votes, 10.6%

Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev, 1862, 244 pages
 
  30 votes, 9.3%

 
  24 votes, 7.5%

 
  22 votes, 6.9%

Hunger by Knut Hamsun, 1890, 134 pages
 
  20 votes, 6.2%

 
  14 votes, 4.4%

The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio, 1353, 909 pages
 
  13 votes, 4.0%

A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe, 1790, 256 pages
 
  13 votes, 4.0%

 
  13 votes, 4.0%

 
  12 votes, 3.7%

 
  3 votes, 0.9%

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