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Elizabeth Gaskell
  • ISBN: 9780571203598
  • Pages: 704
  • Publisher: Faber
  • Binding: Paperback

Elizabeth Gaskell

Jenny Uglow

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Elizabeth Gaskell wrote some of the most enduring novels of the Victorian age.

In Elizabeth Gaskell, Jenny Uglow traces the writer’s youth in rural Knutsford, her married years in tension-ridden Manchester and her wide network of friends in London, Europe and America. She emerges as an artist of complexity, shrewdly observing the political, religious and feminist arguments of nineteenth-century Britain. High-spirited, witty and passionate, she enjoyed social and family life but she was also distracted by her need to write down the truth of what she saw.

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