Gaskell, Elizabeth Cleghorn (Stevenson)

(1810-1865)
   Novelist, dau. of William Stevenson, a Unitarian minister, and for some time Keeper of the Treasury Records. She m. William G., a Unitarian minister, at Manchester, and in 1848 pub. anonymously her first book, Mary Barton, in which the life and feelings of the manufacturing working classes are depicted with much power and sympathy. Other novels followed, Lizzie Leigh (1855), Mr. Harrison's Confessions (1865), Ruth (1853), Cranford (1851-3), North and South (1855), Sylvia's Lovers (1863), etc. Her last work was Wives and Daughters (1865), which appeared in the Cornhill Magazine, and was left unfinished. Mrs. G. had some of the characteristics of Miss Austen, and if her style and delineation of character are less minutely perfect, they are, on the other hand, imbued with a deeper vein of feeling. She was the friend of Charlotte Bronté (q.v.), to whom her sympathy brought much comfort, and whose Life she wrote. Of Cranford Lord Houghton wrote, "It is the finest piece of humoristic description that has been added to British literature since Charles Lamb."

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  • Gaskell,Elizabeth Cleghorn Stevenson — Gas·kell (găsʹkəl), Elizabeth Cleghorn Stevenson. 1810 1865. British writer noted for her Life of Charlotte Brontë (1857) and her novels depicting the oppression of workers in 19th century England. * * * …   Universalium

  • Gaskell, Elizabeth (Cleghorn) — orig. Elizabeth Cleghorn Stevenson known as Mrs. Gaskell born Sept. 29, 1810, Chelsea, London, Eng. died Nov. 12, 1865, near Alton, Hampshire British writer. The daughter of a Unitarian minister, Gaskell also married a Unitarian minister and… …   Universalium

  • Gaskell, Elizabeth (Cleghorn) — orig. Elizabeth Cleghorn Stevenson llamada Mrs. Gaskell (29 sep. 1810, Chelsea, Londres, Inglaterra–12 nov. 1865, cerca de Alton, Hampshire). Escritora británica. Hija de un ministro de la Iglesia Unitaria, Gaskell se casó también con un ministro …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Elizabeth Cleghorn Stevenson Gaskell — noun English writer who is remembered for her biography of Charlotte Bronte (1810 1865) • Syn: ↑Gaskell, ↑Elizabeth Gaskell • Instance Hypernyms: ↑writer, ↑author …   Useful english dictionary

  • Gaskell, Elizabeth Cleghorn — ▪ English writer née  Stevenson  born Sept. 29, 1810, Chelsea, London, Eng. died Nov. 12, 1865, near Alton, Hampshire  English novelist, short story writer, and first biographer of Charlotte Brontë.       She was a daughter of a Unitarian… …   Universalium

  • Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell — Elizabeth Gaskell Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell (* 29. September 1810 in Londoner Stadtteil Kensington and Chelsea; † 12. November 1865 in Holybourne, Hampshire), war eine britische Schriftstellerin. Noch heute wird sie im englischen Sprachraum oft… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Elizabeth Gaskell — noun English writer who is remembered for her biography of Charlotte Bronte (1810 1865) • Syn: ↑Gaskell, ↑Elizabeth Cleghorn Stevenson Gaskell • Instance Hypernyms: ↑writer, ↑author …   Useful english dictionary

  • Gaskell — noun English writer who is remembered for her biography of Charlotte Bronte (1810 1865) • Syn: ↑Elizabeth Gaskell, ↑Elizabeth Cleghorn Stevenson Gaskell • Instance Hypernyms: ↑writer, ↑author …   Useful english dictionary

  • Elizabeth Gaskell — Elizabeth Gaskell: 1832 miniature by William John Thomson Born Elizabeth Stevenson 29 September 1810(1810 09 29) Chelsea, London, England …   Wikipedia

  • Elizabeth Gaskell — Elizabeth Gaskell, Porträt von George Richmond (1851) Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell (* 29. September 1810 in Londoner Stadtteil Kensington and Chelsea; † 12. November 1865 in Holybourne, Hampshire), war eine britische Schriftstellerin. Noch heute… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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