Literature

Books in Translation

The United Kingdom is an insular country.  Which is a truism, I know, but I am not just thinking about its geography. Compared to other European countries we read far fewer books written originally in other languages. That is not only something...

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An Elizabeth Gaskell staycation

For more than twenty years, Elizabeth Gaskell and her family spent summer holidays at Silverdale, a village on the coast of Morecambe Bay, often staying for four, five or six weeks at a time. Her letters regularly give details of their travel...

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The Secret Life of Edward Higgins: The Squire’s Story

The Squire’s Story was published in the Extra Christmas Number of Dickens’ Household Words in December 1853. After looking at some interesting Welsh locations in The Well of Penmorfa and The Doom of the Griffiths Elizabeth returns to her childhood home in...

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The Old Nurse’s Story- Superstition and Story

Superstition The Old Nurse’s Story can be found in collections of Gothic stories, ghost stories and tales of the macabre, and is one of only two of Elizabeth Gaskell’s stories to include an actual ghost. It might seem odd that Elizabeth Gaskell,...

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The Grey Woman

The Grey Woman is a short story by Elizabeth Gaskell in the Tales of Mystery and the Macabre collection. It was first published in January 1861 in volume IV of Charles Dickens’ All the Year Round. This is an edited version of...

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