Literature

Literary detectives and Cranford

Over the last few months, a team of our lovely volunteers has been cataloguing all the books we have in the House, and particularly those in William's study. Now this rather huge job is done, they have been identifying the gaps in...

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What’s done is Donne.

Why buy Donne? A number of “new” 19th Century volumes have recently been bought to add to the collection of books at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House. Over the years of restoration, books have been bought and donated to try to reflect the collection...

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Elizabeth Gaskell’s February reading list

In February 1855, Elizabeth Gaskell was in Paris with Meta, and staying with her friend Mary Mohl. It wasn't only a social visit - she writes to Marianne 'Monday I had to go to Mme Scheffer's to see her about business (;)...

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Digitised Elizabeth Gaskell and Charles Dickens letters now available to read online

Thanks to popular demand, and time afforded to staff during lockdown, the John Rylands Library (owned and operated by the University of Manchester) has just announced that they have created a new image viewer that makes their Elizabeth Gaskell collection of letters...

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Just Richmal Crompton!

My grand plan was to feature Mrs Linnaeus Banks as the fourth Manchester woman writer in our Lockdown 2.0 series but I'm over-excited to find out that Richmal Crompton was born and brought up in Bury! I've moved Mrs Linnaeus Banks into...

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