Antique "Cranford" by Mrs. Gaskell illustrated pocket classic published c1902


This item was an exciting find and this pocket illustrated book is in great condition, although it does show its age, but its previous owner looked after it and it looks great for being over 100 years old.

This book would make a delightful Christmas gift for those who love Elizabeth Gaskell.

Cranford was produced into a television series in 2007 and it is about life in the 1840s in Cranford which is ruled by the ladies. They adore good gossip; and romance and change is in the air, as the unwelcome grasp of the Industrial Revolution rapidly approaches their beloved rural market-town.

About Mrs. Gaskell
Elizabeth Stevenson was born in London on 29 September 1810, the daughter of a Unitarian minister. After her mother's early death, she was raised by an aunt who lived in Knutsford in Cheshire. In 1832, she married William Gaskell, also a Unitarian minister, and they settled in the industrial city of Manchester.

Motherhood and the obligations of a minister's wife kept her busy. However, the death of her only son inspired her to write her first novel, 'Mary Barton', which was published anonymously in 1848. It was an immediate success, winning the praise of Charles Dickens and Thomas Carlyle.

Dickens invited her to contribute to his magazine, 'Household Words', where her next major work, 'Cranford', appeared in 1853

Elizabeth Gaskell (1810 - 1865)


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