Elizabeth Gaskell


Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-65), born in London, was liberally educated and later married a Unitarian minister and moved to Manchester. The difference between sleepy, rural Knutsford and the rapidly industrialising Manchester both appalled and intrigued Gaskell. Heralded as a spokesperson for the city's working class, Gaskell's stories show empathy for labourers and their families. Gaskells' works are skilfully crafted and totally absorbing; focusing on social understanding and reconciliation.

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