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Online Talk: Elizabeth Gaskell and Charlotte Brontë – A Friendship

This introductory talk explores the relationship between two giants of 19th century literature. Charlotte Brontë and Elizabeth Gaskell were opposites in many ways. Yet they were profoundly interested in each other’s work and lives. Their first meeting in the Lake District in 1850 led to a real friendship.

Romantic figure

Charlotte had written the instant classic Jane Eyre and then Shirley while Elizabeth’s astounding debut novel Mary Barton had been well-received. Vice-Chair of the Gaskell Society Libby Tempest explores letters, writing and contemporary accounts to try and discover what held the friendship between these two extraordinary women together.

Image – Lycidas, Watercolour by Charlotte Brontë , 1835 after a painting by Henry Fuseli

Part of a short season of events in partnership with the Bronte Parsonage Museum.
Please note this is a repeat of the sold out 2021 talk.

Outstanding. I attend several talks and this was superb.’ Previous Audience member

Wednesday 15 May 2024, 7-8pm

£5 per ticket

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15th May 2024

7pm - 8pm

Talk, Talks

The interruptions of home life are never ending

Elizabeth Gaskell 1863