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Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell

Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865) was an English novelist and short-story writer born in London and raised in Knutsford, Cheshire, which became the model for village settings in her novels. In 1832 she married William Gaskell, a Unitarian minister. Her first novel, Mary Barton , published in 1848, was immensely popular and brought her to the attention of Charles Dickens, who solicited her work for his periodical, Household Words , for which she wrote the series subsequently reprinted as Cranford .