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Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell

  • Wives and Daughters | Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell

    Mrs. Gaskell, as she was often referred to, is considered one of the greatest British novelists. She was the author of The Life of Charlotte Brontë, a much-acclaimed and sometimes-reviled biography of her friend and peer.

    Wives and Daughters revolves around Molly Gibson, only daughter of...

  • Ruth | Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell

    The book is a social novel, dealing with Victorian views about sin and illegitimacy. It is a surprisingly compassionate portrayal of a ‘fallen woman’, a type of person normally outcast from respectable society. The title of the novel refers to the main character Ruth Hilton, an orphaned young...

  • Mary Barton | Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell

    Mary Barton is the first novel by English author Elizabeth Gaskell. The story is set in the English city of Manchester during the 1830s and 1840s and deals heavily with the difficulties faced by the Victorian lower class.

    The novel begins in Manchester, where we are introduced to the...

  • My Lady Ludlow | Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell

    This novella by the acclaimed Elizabeth Gaskell follows the reminiscences and life of aristocratic Lady Ludlow, told through the eyes of one of her charges, the young Margaret Dawson. Lady Ludlow epitomizes the unwillingness of the old English gentry to accept the progression of social reform...

  • A Dark Night's Work | Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell

    Love, murder and class commentary in Mrs Gaskell's usual brilliant style! This novel was originally serialized and published by Charles Dickens, with whom Mrs Gaskell had several disagreements. She chose to avoid melodrama and concentrate on psychological realism to produce a moving story of...

  • Cousin Phillis | Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell

    Cousin Phillis is a novel by Elizabeth Gaskell about Paul Manning, a youth of seventeen who moves to the country and befriends his mother's family and his second cousin Phillis Holman, who is confused by her own placement at the edge of adolescence. Most critics agree that Cousin Phillis is...

  • Round the Sofa | Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell

    A collection of short stories. Round the Sofa, a short story which she uses as a device to stitch together six previously published stories into a single work. It introduces us to a set of characters who take turns to recount stories to one another during their weekly soirée. My Lady Ludlow...

  • Life of Charlotte Brontë - Volume 2 | Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell

    Charlotte Brontë was a British author, the eldest of the three famous Brontë sisters who have become standards of English literature. She is best known for her novel Jane Eyre, one of the greatest classics of all times. Just two years after Charlotte’s death, her friend Elizabeth Gaskell wrote...

  • Sylvia's Lovers | Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell

    The novel begins in the 1790s in the coastal town of Monkshaven. Sylvia Robson lives with her parents on a farm, and is loved by her rather dull Quaker cousin Philip. She, however, meets and falls in love with Charlie Kinraid, a sailor on a whaling vessel, and they become engaged, although few...

  • The Grey Woman | Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell

    A “Bluebeard” story in which a young woman marries a man whom she discovers has killed his previous wives and is trying to kill her as well.

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