Gaskell Friday News & Web Round Up

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Please join me every other Friday as we review news and blog posts related to the author Elizabeth Gaskell.

Kimberley French writes how Unitarian values are underscored in Gaskell’s novels.

Gaskell, a Victorian novelist whose 200th birthday is being celebrated throughout England this year, is Jane Austen with a social conscience. When she died in 1865, the London literary journal The Athenaeum called her “if not the most popular, with small question, the most powerful and finished female novelist of an epoch singularly rich in female novelists” … read more.

Book Club Tours offers an itinerary for Elizabeth Gaskell admirers

Devotees of her novels could either visit Knutsford to see where she lived and got her inspiration for her characters and novels or Lacock, where the Cranford series was filmed… read more.

The Octogon Leah writes about her reactions to Gaskell’s Cranford.

It is gently paced, about small happenings and the interest lies in getting to know the characters who are portrayed with warmth and more than a little satire in a small setting. It is all in the detail.I really liked it. It is clever, witty and acutely observational. The time period is palpable and a delight. I grew very fond of the ladies, particularly Miss Matty, who lives in her older sisters formidable shadow even after her death… read more.

Related Link – Cranford Group Read, ends December 14th

© Nicola of Vintage Reads

Vintage Reads features Elizabeth Gaskell as Author of the Month and shares some of her thoughts on the recent BBC Radio 4 Dramatization of Wives and Daughters.

I’d always vaguely thought of Gaskell’s novels as ‘industrial’ and consequently avoided them, but reading Cranford a couple of years ago opened my eyes to a warmly humourous writer with a deeply perceptive knowledge of human nature… read more.

Consumed by Books Liz writes her feelings about Gaskell’s novel North & South

The entire novel was wonderfully paced, especially the romance. Gaskell kept throwing in plot twists, and I never quite saw them coming. I found Thornton to be a dynamic and entertaining as a love interest, yet still attractive. Mrs. Thornton, his mother, is a character who I enjoyed hating throughout the novel. By the time the story ended, I loved how everything tied together… read more.


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