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Elizabeth Gaskell

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About Elizabeth Gaskell


She was born at Cheyne Row, Chelsea on 29th September 1810. Her maiden name was Elizabeth Cleghorn Stephenson, and her father was in succession a teacher, preacher, farmer, boarding-house keeper, writer, and Keeper of the Records to the Treasury. She was brought up by an aunt at Knutsford, and grew up a girl of singular sweetness of disposition and of great beauty. She married, in 1832, William Gaskell (1805-1884) a Unitarian Minister in Manchester : here she studied working men and women. In 1848 she published anonymously Mary Barton, followed by The Moorland Cottage (1850), Cranford (1853), Ruth (1853), North and South, (1855) Round the Sofa (1859), Right at Last (1860), Sylvia's Lovers, (1863), Cousin Phillis (1865), Wives and Daughters (1865)

She died suddenly at Holybourne, Alton, Hampshire 12th November 1865, and was fittingly buried at Knutsford.

Besides her novels, she wrote The Life of Charlotte Bronte (1857) a masterpiece of English biography.

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