Elizabeth Gaskell is best known as a novelist and biographer, but she was also a lively and sensitive letter writer, with a vivacious interest in all that was going on around her.
This selection from her letters, with a linking commentary provides a biography of Elizabeth Gaskell largely in her own words. It is in chronological order, with special chapters devoted to her family life, her travels, her charities and her life as an author who was also a wife and mother, in a period when Victorian society and culture were undergoing major changes--especially apparent in Manchester where she lived.
Elizabeth Gaskell emerges as a woman of intelligence, integrity and grace, with an enchanting sense of humour, an insatiable curiosity about life, a deep regard for truth and a boundless sympathy for others. -- .
J. A. V. Chapple is Emeritus Professor of English Literature at the University of Hull
Assisted by John Geoffrey Sharps -- .