Literature

Mr Lear and Mrs Gaskell

I've recently read a biography of Edward Lear who we now mostly remember for his nonsense verse and limericks - The Owl and The Pussycat anyone? One of my reasons for reading 'Mr Lear. A Life of Art and Nonsense' is that...

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Book Group Tours

A group of eleven of us came on a book club outing to Elizabeth Gaskell’s House one November evening.The house itself and volunteers Louanne and Jane gave us a warm welcome in from the cold evening air. We chatted in the cheerful...

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It’s November 1859 – and Elizabeth Gaskell is in Whitby

It's Sunday October 30th 1859 and Elizabeth Gaskell is finishing a long letter to her friend, Charles Eliot Norton which she'd started five days before. She writes: I have missed the Saturday mail, - & Meta, Julia & I are going for...

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“Will you walk into my parlour?”

One of Elizabeth Gaskell's close friends was fellow writer Mary Howitt (1799-1888). Both she and her husband William were key figures in Elizabeth's early writing career.  She had written to them in 1838 with an account of a visit by her to...

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Elizabeth Gaskell’s lady’s maid – a dramatic imagining

The background: earlier this year, the House was successful in securing funding from the Arts Council for a collaborative programme of arts activities which included a series of creative writing workshops. These used the current House exhibition, Household Commotion - Elizabeth Gaskell and the 'awful...

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