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Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell

Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell (29 September 1810 - 12 November 1865), often referred to as Mrs Gaskell, was an English novelist, biographer, 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. Among Gaskell's best known novels are Cranford (1851-53), North and South (1854-55), and Wives and...See more