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Brief Lives: Elizabeth Gaskell [Paperback]

Alan Shelston
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26 Nov 2010 Brief Lives
Ranking alongside Charlotte Bronte and George Eliot as one of the great Victorian authoresses, Elizabeth Gaskell is now chiefly remembered for penning the radical novel North and South, and Cranford, recently adapted by the BBC. She was also a regular contributor to Dickens' periodicals. Highly influential among her peers, Gaskell forged friendships with contemporary authors, most famously perhaps with Charlotte Bronte, whose biography she wrote, producing a work that is still regarded as one of the finest examples of life-writing. Famed for her adeptness at capturing local dialect and the voices of middle-class characters, Gaskell skilfully imbued all her writing with a sense of the intimate and everyday. Due to her prolific letter-writing, records remain of her own daily experiences and thoughts. In this new biography, Alan Shelston, founder of The Gaskell Society Journal, sheds light on the life of the woman behind the writing: her literary successes, and also her marriage and humanitarian work.

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  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Hesperus Press Ltd; 1st Edition edition (26 Nov 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843919214
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843919216
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 12.6 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 556,196 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gaskell expert Alan Shelston is the president of The Gaskell Society and was the first editor of The Gaskell Society Journal.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Brief Lives: Elizabeth Gaskell 10 Jan 2011
Content of book is very good and well written but the cover does not make you want to buy it. There are several pictures of Elizabeth Gaskell that could have been used that would help sell the book instead of doing a caricature of her from one of her least flattering pictures!
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