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Online Talk: Elizabeth Gaskell and Charlotte Brontë – Fame and Fortune

Literary success brought great acclaim to authors Elizabeth Gaskell and Charlotte Brontë. Their debut novels, Mary Barton and Jane Eyre, brought them huge public attention. Both found themselves thrust into a new world of Victorian celebrity, alongside famous writers, artists and cultural figures such as John Ruskin and Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

So, how did these two gifted writers handle their new-found fame? Was Elizabeth Gaskell always keen for company? How did Charlotte Brontë’s legendary shyness affect her experience? Who did they meet? What did they think of them and what did the world make of these two very different women?

Charlotte Bronte

Join Anthony Burton, Gaskell Society, and Andrew Stodolny, Brontë Parsonage Museum, for a look at the celebrity world of two giants of English literature.

The last in our season of events about Charlotte Brontë and Elizabeth Gaskell in partnership with the Brontë Parsonage Museum.

‘Really enjoyed this series of collaborative talks.’  Audience member

Wednesday 22 May 2024, 7-8pm

£5 per ticket

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22nd May 2024

7pm - 8pm

Talk, Talks

A Large Cheerful, airy house, quite out of Manchester smoke.

Charlotte Brontë on visiting the House, 1851