By G. Handley
This chronology units Elizabeth Gaskell in her historic, social and literary contexts. It specializes in her occupation as a author but in addition underlines her interactive roles as spouse, mom, functional and tolerant Christian, radical sympathizer. Graham Handley discusses her adolescence, her marriage, the beginnings of her writing, the years of feat, her social, humanitarian issues, love of commute and its effect, with the stability of domesticity and creativity that's the major to her personality.
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Com - licensed to Universitetsbiblioteket i Tromso - PalgraveConnect - 2011-03-15 22 An Elizabeth Gaskell Chronology finished (over a period of time) both Sir Charles Grandison and Madame de Sévigné. Latter reference fascinating since in 1862 she would deepen her own research on the celebrated Frenchwoman of letters with a view to writing a memoir, never completed. Mentions books read many times (not titled) and stray volumes of Shakespeare, Tasso and Hume. Daringly she has re-read Paul Clifford (by Bulwer Lytton), whose work she likes despite its being considered immoral.
January Cholera in Edinburgh. ) onwards. References to ES in Herford’s Diary, important source for the local Unitarian community. (Edward Herford studied under J. G. ) February Cholera in London. ) WG displays his sometimes overlooked sense of humour – apparently he knocked on people’s doors and ran away. (mid-month) ES organizes a charade. Herford (aged 17) smitten with WG’s sister Elizabeth. ) J. G. Robberds notices ES’s shy behaviour. 14 ES goes for a walk with WG. (mid-month) Engagement of ES and WG.
They will probably go to Poulton (le-Fylde) in August. Tone is racy, gossipy, skipping from one subject to another, a letter of dashes but warm with immediacy of experience, reaching heights of enthusiasm and sheer exuberance with life. ) Writes sonnet ‘On Visiting the Grave of my Stillborn Little Girl’. ) During this year ‘Sketches Among the Poor’ written with WG: evidence of strong influences of Wordsworth, Crabbe, derivations too from Goldsmith, Cowper and others. Story of Mary in the poem is recycled in Mary Barton, as EG later acknowledges.
An Elizabeth Gaskell Chronology (Author Chronologies) by G. Handley