This Month in Writing – November

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‘The Well of Pen – Morfa’, November 1850 In the autumn of 1850, the year that Elizabeth Gaskell and her family took up residence at 42, Plymouth Grove, Charles Dickens published the second of Gaskell’s contributions to Household Words-‘The Well of … Continued

Cousin Phillis

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Gaskell’s last novella, Cousin Phillis, was published in The Cornhill Magazine in 1863, only two years before she died.  In this story she returns to her beloved Knutsford, now named Eltham, and her grandfather’s farm at Sandlebridge, renamed Heathbridge.  Gaskell’s … Continued

This Month in Writing – October

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Mary Barton – the book that divided a nation 1848 was the year of revolution. A series of political upheavals took place across Europe.  Their aim was ostensibly to remove the old monarchical structures and create independent nation-states. In February, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels … Continued

The Gaskell Revival

Elizabeth Gaskell, the wife of a Unitarian minister of religion in Manchester, shared her husband’s interest in literature: they published some jointly written verses in 1837.  Elizabeth became a best-selling novelist almost by chance. Grieved by the death of her baby … Continued