London street on which Margaret Hale has spent nine years living in a town house as a companion to her cousin Edith, who is about to be married as the novel opens. The house is to be shut up as Edith, her husband, and her mother, go abroad, and Margaret is to return home to the country parsonage where her parents live. The novel reveals little about the house at 96 Harley Street, other than a series of public and private rooms and, at the top of the house, a nursery, where Margaret spent much of her early life. The life of the house has been formal, with children eating apart from their parents.
Her novels offer a detailed portrait of the lives of many strata of society, including the very poor, and are of interest to social historians as well as lovers of literature.
Gaskell's The Life of Charlotte Bronte, published inwas the first biography of that author. Manchester's industrial surroundings influenced Elizabeth's writing in the industrial genre.
Their first child, a daughter, was stillborn in A son, William, —45died in infancy, and this tragedy was the catalyst for Gaskell's first novel, Mary Barton.
Florence married Charles Crompton, a barrister and Liberal politician, in In March Mrs Gaskell began a diary, documenting the development of her daughter Marianne, her views of herself and William as parents, the value she gave to her role as a mother, her religious faith, and, later, the relationship between Marianne and her sister, Meta.
In she co-authored with her husband a cycle of poems, Sketches among the Poor, which was published in Blackwood's Magazine in January In July the Gaskells travelled to Belgium and Germany, and German literature came to have a strong influence on her short stories.
Her next work, The Sexton's Hero, was published under the same pseudonym. She made her last use of the pseudonym inwith the publication of her story Christmas Storms and Sunshine.
Her first novel, Mary Barton, was published in October In the Gaskells moved to a villa at 84 Plymouth Grove, where Elizabeth wrote her remaining literary works, while her husband held welfare committees and tutored the poor in his study.
The Gaskells' social circle included writers, religious dissenters and social reformers such as William and Mary Howitt.
In early Mrs Gaskell wrote to Charles Dickens asking for advice about assisting a girl named Pasley whom she had visited in prison. Pasley provided her with a model for the title character of Ruth in Lizzie Leigh was published in March and Aprilin the first numbers of Dickens's journal Household Words, in which many of her works were to be published, including Cranford and North and South, her novella My Lady Ludlow, and short stories.The Guardian published a review of Elizabeth Gaskell's novel Mary Barton that, while appreciating the merits of the book as fiction, resented the imputations against northern mill owners, calling.
(novel) Mary Barton: Gaskell found solace and distraction in writing to her growing circle of correspondents and in helping William research and write another series of lectures on "The Poets and Poetry of Humble Life." The Gaskells' third daughter, Florence Elizabeth Gaskell, was born in Elizabeth Gaskell made her name with the novel Mary Barton: A Tale of Manchester Life even though it was published anonymously in It covered topics that shocked the shock city – Chartism, murder, hypocrisy, corruption.
Her first novel, Mary Barton, was published in October, In the Gaskells moved to a villa at 84 Plymouth Grove, where Elizabeth wrote her remaining literary works, while her husband held welfare committees and tutored the poor in his study. Mary Barton and the Politics of Public SpaceFrom the earliest pages of her debut novel, Mary Barton: A Tale of Manchester Life, Elizabeth Gaskell demands that readers be sensitive to her characters' surroundings, connecting built environments and objectscapes.
Gaskell’s first novel, “Mary Barton” (), and much of her third, “North and South” (), take place in Manchester (renamed “Milton” in the latter), where she spent her adult life.