An Elizabeth Gaskell Chronology (Author Chronologies) by G. Handley

By G. Handley

This chronology units Elizabeth Gaskell in her old, social and literary contexts. It makes a speciality of her occupation as a author but in addition underlines her interactive roles as spouse, mom, sensible and tolerant Christian, radical sympathizer. Graham Handley discusses her formative years, her marriage, the beginnings of her writing, the years of feat, her social, humanitarian issues, love of trip and its impression, with the stability of domesticity and creativity that is the most important to her personality.

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1825 John Stevenson writes from India to ES and Aunt Lumb suggesting that if his sister kept a diary she would have material for her letters to him. William Stevenson’s articles on political economy concluded. ) Advertisement for Cowan Bridge ‘School for Clergymen’s Daughters’ in the Leeds Intelligencer, the original for Lowood Institution in Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre. ) ES inscribes a music book on this date (though she says ‘Thursday’), its pages indicating an interest in contemporary song and dance and also reflecting the Byerley sisters’ promotion of ‘the collaborative musical culture they encouraged in their pupils’ (Chapple 246).

Wearied by the ongoing obsession with the Reform Bill. Letter, which ranges way beyond this summary, signals ES’s vivacity, humour, observation, literary interests – zest for life. ) Coronation of William IV. (this month) ES goes from Liverpool to Knutsford, then on to Sandlebridge, then returns to Knutsford to receive visitors in October with Aunt Lumb. 29 ES’s 21st birthday. Later in the autumn (but before 20 October). ES and Ann Turner go to Manchester, staying with J. G. Robberds and his wife Mary.

Dickens’s The Old Curiosity Shop appears as weekly serial (to Feb. 1841). ) Wordsworth writes to WG praising his Temperance Rhymes and particularly commending his humanity. ) Susanna Winkworth praises WG’s teaching to her sister Emily. Anne Robson), concerned about Marianne’s health and a certain dependence about her, asks Anne to safeguard her in the event of her own death (widowers so often remarry). WG holds back from emotional expression despite his feelings for his children. EG has just read Harriet Martineau’s The Hour and the Man (1840), feels it is somewhat like reading history, though it has some comparisons with Deerbrook (1839).

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