Elizabeth Gaskell’s Family Series – her Father: William Stevenson, part I

Gaskell Blog © Katherine C. Born into a Scottish family with a strong Naval background his Post-Captain father, Joseph Stevenson, dearly wanted  a son in the church and decided his second child, William, would be the one. It must have been difficult growing up with his future already planned. Especially when he seems to have longed…

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Please update your Gaskell Blog Links

Gaskell Blog has reverted to its WordPress URL address, so rather than gaskellblog.com (which I hadn’t planned on renewing when it expired but was unfortunately picked up by a spammer) it is located at https://gaskellblog.wordpress.com Please update any links and your Google Readers accordingly. Sorry for any confusion and a special thank you to Luciana for bringing this to…

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The Rylands Online Collection

Browse images related to Mrs. Gaskell at the Rylands Online Collection. Including some of her letters, plates of drawings that originally appeared in first editions or the magazine publications of her works, and the famous miniature portrait. I highly recommend you to visit it:

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Elizabeth Gaskell’s Ruth: Opinions of Acquaintances

George Eliot, letter to Mrs.Peter Taylor, February 1, 1853 Of course you have read ‘Ruth’ by this time. Its style was a great refreshment to me, from its finish and fullness. How women have the courage to write and publishers the spirit to buy at a high price the false and feeble representations of life…

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A Guest Post at Regency Inkwell

Please join me at the lovely blog, Regency Inkwell, where I was invited by Pamela and Miguelina to write a  guest post. As the wife of a Unitarian Minister living in Manchester, Elizabeth Gaskell was acutely aware of factory life and the struggles of the poor and wrote about them in her first novel Mary…

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The Picnic at Cranford, a Blog Tour: 4th Stop

Maria Grazia of Fly High is our last visit for the blog tour and not only has she written a lovely post about Cranford she is also offering two giveaways! Follow me and visit her post! You must be a great writer to build a masterpiece on tiny, trivial, ordinary events. This is what you…

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The Picnic at Cranford: A Letter from Miss Pole

© Gaskell Blog Dearest Mary, I hope this letter finds you well. Miss Matty meant to write but she’s rather worn out. Do not be alarmed, she is in good health (although if she followed my regime she’d be more robust). What do you suppose we have all been up to in Cranford? –Well, Mrs….

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The Picnic at Cranford, a blog tour: 3rd Stop

Have you heard about the Cage at Cranford? Audrey from Books as Food shares the tale with us. If you’ve read Cranford, you might guess that there’s some unworldliness, and a misunderstanding, and silliness, and and a servant who knows more than her employer, and some improper comments from inconvenient men, before everything turns out…

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A Gallery of Knutsford, the Cranford of Mrs. Gaskell’s Experience

Knutsford is the town where Elizabeth Gaskell grew up with her dear Aunt Lumb and Aunt Abigail. Join me in this little photo tour! Please click on the thumbnail to view a larger image and the photographer credits. Heathside Also sometimes written as Heathwaite or Heathecoate Mrs. Gaskell grew up in this house with her dear…

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The Picnic at Cranford, a blog tour: 2nd Stop

Elaine of Random Jottings reviews the BBC adaptation of Gaskell’s Cranford Let us go and see! I tell you now, if there is a finer actress living anywhere in the universe at the moment than Dame Judi Dench, please tell me and I shall have great pleasure in telling you all that YOU ARE WRONG. …

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Lacock, the Cranford of the BBC Miniseries

© Gaskell Blog Established in 1232, the village of Lacock located in the Cotswolds of Wiltshire still has much of it’s old-world charm. Tudor styled houses, not a street lamp or advertisement in sight, and charming little places to eat and shop; an English gem. Used in various period dramas, including the 1995 adaptation of…

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The Picnic at Cranford, a blog tour: 1st stop

Kim of Love Letters to the Library has brought a charming treat for us on our picnic outing! Let us go and see! …And now, I promised sweet treats! My favorite type of treat is a good love story. I’m a real sucker for them. In my copy of North and South, I’ve turned down…

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