Elizabeth Gaskell, author, “Mary Barton” and “The Life of Charlotte BrontĂ«”

“I'll not listen to reason ... Reason always means what someone else has got to say.”

Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell (September 29, 1810 – November 12, 1865), often referred to as Mrs. Gaskell, was an English novelist and short story writer.

  • Her novels offer a detailed portrait of the lives of many strata of Victorian society, including the very poor, and are of interest to social historians as well as lovers of literature.
  • Her first novel, “Mary Barton”, was published in 1848.
  • Gaskell’s “The Life of Charlotte BrontĂ«,” published in 1857, was the first biography of BrontĂ«.
  • Some of Gaskell’s best known novels are Cranford (1851–53), North and South (1854-55), and Wives and Daughters (1865).

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