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A Week in Literary History

September 9th, 2002

In 1810, English novelist Elizabeth Gaskell (Wives and Daughters, 1865) is born Elizabeth Cleghorn Stevenson in Cheyne Row, Chelsea.

Elizabeth Gaskell, b. September 29, 1810, d. 1865

Although she did not depart from Victorian conventions — including calling herself Mrs Gaskell — Elizabeth Gaskell did not shrink from criticizing Victorian attitudes and institutions, among them phony religion and oppressive factory conditions. And in always emphasizing the role of women in her novels, she contributed to the nascent feminist influence on fiction. She was also the first biographer of Charlotte Brontë.

Suggested Reading Novels Mary Barton , 1848. Cranford, 1851-53. Ruth, 1853. North and South, 1854-55. Sylvia’s Lovers, 1863. Wives and Daughters: An Everyday Story, 1865. Short fiction Mr. Harrison’s Confessions, 1851. Lizzie Leigh, 1855. Lois the Witch, 1861. Biography The Life of Charlotte Brontë, 1857.

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