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More stories from a secondhand book sale

The selection of secondhand books we have at Elizabeth Gaskell's House regularly turns up treasures - not news to those of you who are regular visitors to our monthly secondhand book sales, or who browse when you are visiting. Idly moving along...

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Was Charles Dickens a Unitarian?

Looking at one or two Unitarian websites for an entirely different purpose, I came across a quiz of famous Unitarian faces. I was surprised to find there, not Elizabeth Gaskell's face, but that of Charles Dickens. Until now, I don't think I...

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In Memory of Julia Gaskell-Some Questions Answered

After her sister’s sudden death in October 1908, only eight days after sending her love and sympathy to Charles Eliot Norton in Massachusetts, Meta writes: She was a ‘creature of delight’, so beautiful and sweet and outwardly,  and within extraorinarily good and...

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Frances Hodgson Burnett – back in Manchester!

We have been incredibly lucky at the House that Ann Thwaite, the biographer of Frances Hodgson Burnett, has donated her collection of FHB books to us. Do watch this space and follow our plans for celebrating such an amazing donation! I wrote...

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And the year is 1857!

1857 is the year Gaskell's biography The Life of Charlotte Bronte was published. On 7 February, Gaskell writes to Laetitia Wheelwright: I have today finished my Life of Miss Bronte; and next week we set out for Rome. Interesting to note here...

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