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Elizabeth Gaskell By John Chapple

Elizabeth Gaskell
by John Chapple

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This study of Elizabeth Gaskell's early life up to her marriage in 1832, draws upon such evidence as parish records, marriage settlements, property transfers, wills, record office documents, letters journals and private papers.
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Elizabeth Gaskell: The Early Years by John Chapple

This absorbing study of Elizabeth Gaskell's early life up to her marriage in 1832, is based almost entirely on new evidence, marriage settlements, property transfers, wills, record office documents, letters, journals and private papers, John Chapple has recreated the background of one of the nineteenth century's greatest novelists. The widely differing lives of her father, brother and the aunt who raised her are illuminated at length from original documents. Chapple has discovered a number of letters written by close relations that shed new light on her upbringing, and he analyses three hitherto unknown travel journals by her Knutsford cousins which prove that she grew up in a literary milieu. The careers of the more important figures in her early life have been re-traced: the Turners of Newcastle, the Robberds of Manchester and the Byerley sisters. The relationship with Katharine Thomson (nee Byerley), herself a prolific novelist, has been fleshed out to reveal how she provided a model of literary production during the younger writer's teens and early twenties.

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Table of Contents


Berwick and the Stevensons; dissent and politics in Manchester in the 1790's; vacillations of a father; authorship in Edinburgh and London; mother and more than mother; refuge in Knutsford; friends and relations; widening circles; happy families; et in arcadia ego; father and brother; the education of an author; home and abroad; advice to a young lady; society in Wales; authors and would-be authors; a chapter of endings; Newcastle and elsewhere; northern values; grave and gay; destiny; engagement; things dying: things reborn. Bibliographical appendix. Appendices: Stevensons of Berwick-upon-Tweed; Hollands of Cheshire; Turner family; Anne, Charles, Fanny and Kate Holland; Elizabeth Stevenson's commonplace book; William Gaskell's engagement letter; notes and problems.

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GOR007163128
Elizabeth Gaskell: The Early Years by John Chapple
John Chapple
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Manchester University Press
1997-05-29
590
0719025508
9780719025501
N/A
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