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Elizabeth Gaskell

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Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell, née Stevenson (29 September 1810 – 12 November 1865), often referred to simply as Mrs Gaskell, was a British novelist and short story writer during the Victorian era. Her novels offer a detailed portrait of the lives of many strata of society, including the very poor, and as such are of interest to social historians as well as lovers of literature. more »

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  • My heart burnt within me with indignation and grief; we could think of nothing else.... All night long we had only snatches of sleep, waking up perpetually to the sense of a great shock and grief. Eve...
    Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865), British novelist. Letter, April 28, 1865, to Harvard professor Charles E. Norton. On the news of Lincoln's assassin...
  • ''I would not trust a mouse to a woman if a man's judgment could be had.''
    Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865), British novelist. As quoted in Woman in Sexist Society, ch. 20, by Elaine Showalter (1971).
  • ''How easy it is to judge rightly after one sees what evil comes from judging wrongly!''
    Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865), British novelist. Cynthia, in Wives and Daughters, ch. 43 (1866). Of her misplaced attachment to Mr. Preston.
  • People may flatter themselves just as much by thinking that their faults are always present to other people's minds, as if they believe that the world is always contemplating their individual charms a...
    Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865), British novelist. Lady Cumnor, in Wives and Daughters, ch. 50 (1866).
  • ''A little credulity helps one on through life very smoothly.''
    Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865), British novelist. Miss Matty, in Cranford, ch. 11 (1853).
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