Monday, September 29, 2008
Happy birthday, Mrs. Gaskell.
Elizabeth Cleghorn Stevenson Gaskell, aka Mrs. Gaskell, was born today in London in 1810. This minister's wife and popular Victorian novelist, who illuminated for many the plight of the working class, wrote Mary Barton (1848), Cranford (1853), North and South (1854), and Wives and Daughters (1866). She also was a friend of Charlotte Brontë and produced The Life of Charlotte Brontë (1857) after Brontë's death at the request of Brontë's father.