Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell (September 29, 1810 – November 12, 1865), often referred to as Mrs. Gaskell, was an English novelist and short story writer.
- Her novels offer a detailed portrait of the lives of many strata of Victorian society, including the very poor, and are of interest to social historians as well as lovers of literature.
- Her first novel, “Mary Barton”, was published in 1848.
- Gaskell’s “The Life of Charlotte Brontë,” published in 1857, was the first biography of Brontë.
- Some of Gaskell’s best known novels are Cranford (1851–53), North and South (1854-55), and Wives and Daughters (1865).
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