By G. Handley
This chronology will set Elizabeth Gaskell in her old, social and literary contexts. it's going to specialise in her profession as a author yet also will underline her interactive roles as spouse, mom, useful and tolerant Christian, radical sympathizer. Graham Handley discusses her adolescence, her marriage, the beginnings of her writing, the years of feat, her social, humanitarian matters, love of trip and its impact, with the stability of domesticity and creativity that's the foremost to her personality.
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1838 A visit to Clopton Hall may have taken place this year, though EG almost certainly went there when at school. Formation of the Manchester Anti-Corn Law League. ) 30 Has told Marianne about God in simple terms before she goes to Infant school: she and WG have debated the pros and cons of her attending, so she goes mornings at present. Revealing comment on her marriage – ‘William says he fears I excite her [Marianne’s] sensibilities too much’. Sometimes Marianne has to have ‘a slight whipping’ but she responds, is not resentful (Private Voices 68).
Quotes Wordsworth’s ‘The Old Cumberland Beggar’ (‘That we have all of us one human heart’, line 253), a favourite of hers. (Howitt later included extracts from this letter in the second edition of his Rural Life of England. ) EG probably met the Howitts this year. Baby fretful, treated with calomel, advises her sister-in-law what to wear, longs for her to visit – wedding with Charles Holland is approaching, says that WG will provide the wedding dress, accessories. Much affectionate mention of Sam Gaskell (a great comfort over Marianne, someone in whom she can conﬁde – an implied contrast with WG).
Elizabeth Stone publishes William Langshawe, The Cotton Lord. The sociologist and political theorist Friedrich Engels is at this time living in Manchester (to 1844). ) Mentions WG’s lecture on ‘Poetry of Humble Life’ in Macclesﬁeld, then another on the poetry of Burns the following evening. ) Katie Winkworth hears WG lecture on Crabbe at the Athenaeum and is suitably impressed. 12 Charlotte and Emily Brontë go to Madame Héger’s school in Brussels. 1842 41 March Chartist leader Feargus O’Connor comes to Manchester and there is a major violent incident.
An Elizabeth Gaskell Chronology by G. Handley