Elizabeth Gaskell was the most established female figure in Victorian British Literature. By the time she blossomed into a literary career, she was thirty-eight years old. Most of her novels centered on the plight of the working people in England struggling to survive and dealing with the social stigma of class and wealth. Even though she received harsh criticism from critics for having sympathy for the poor, it didn’t deter her from a successful writing career, nor deny her talent as a writer.
Introduction Elizabeth Gaskell, author of Wives and Daughters, wrote a best seller during the Victorian reign. Although she started her writing career in her late thirties, she managed to impress her critics with her unique style. She managed to branch away from writing novels to write a biography about her friend Charlotte Bronte, which almost resulted in a lawsuit. Even though critics embarked harshness on her writing about the plight of the working class, yet they viewed her work as a skillful
Synopsis of Elizabeth Gaskell's Ruth This is a classic book that focuses on domesticity in the 18th century. It highlights the basically mundane life that faced women (particularly spinsters) of this era. If you want exitement and adventure this is not the book for you. If, however you are interested in the
At a time when England was experiencing tremendous growth and change, Elizabeth Gaskell began her first novel, North and South, highlighting the condition of industrial England. Staggering poverty coupled with immense prosperity offered a duality unmatched by any other time period in England’s economic history. “The whole assemblage of buildings is commonly called Manchester, and contains about four hundred thousand inhabitants, rather more than less” (Broadview 58). Manchester, England, presented