We host a year-round programme of meetings and events – many of which are open to everyone.
Elizabeth Gaskell’s Life of Charlotte Bronte
A talk by Dr Karen Laird
Two months after the death of Charlotte Brontë, Elizabeth Gaskell broached the idea of writing her friend’s biography in a letter to publisher George Smith: “Sometime, it may be years hence—but if I live long enough, and no one is living whom such a publication would hurt, I will publish what I know of her, and make the world (if I am strong enough in expression,) honour the woman as much as they have admired the writer.” (Letter from Elizabeth Gaskell to George Smith)). Comparing Gaskell’s original motives and intentions for this project with her published biography of 1857, this talk explains the formidable challenges Gaskell faced when composing what would become one of the most important literary biographies of the Victorian era.
Members: £3, visitors £4 – visitors always welcome!
The chapel opens its doors at 12.00, so if you’d like to bring a sandwich and join us for lunch, you’re very welcome to do so.