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Online Panel: ‘This unlucky book’

Fact, Fiction and Mythmaking in Elizabeth Gaskell’s ‘The Life of Charlotte Brontë

Panel discussion with Libby Tempest, Dr Lucy Hanks, Susan Dunne and Ann Dinsdale

The finale of a short season of events exploring Elizabeth Gaskell’s ground-breaking biography of her friend and fellow writer Charlotte Brontë. ‘The Life‘ was (and still is) hugely popular but also hugely controversial – but it remains the foundation upon which all other biographies of Charlotte Brontë must, to some degree, rest. How much responsibility should it take for creating the myths that surround Charlotte Brontë? How much do myth and reality meet in the book?

Libby Tempest is Chair of the Gaskell Society, a lifelong librarian and a volunteer & tour guide at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House. She co-ordinates the Gaskell Reading Group at The Portico Library in Manchester.

Dr Lucy Hanks of the University of Manchester researches how mid-Victorian women writers revised their works for publication and how this influenced the development of their texts.

Susan Dunne was born near Manchester and lives near Haworth. She is a lifelong Bronte and Gaskell fan and is currently writing the first full length biography of the friendship between Charlotte Bronte and Elizabeth Gaskell.

Ann Dinsdale is Principal Curator at the Brontë Society, and has worked at the Brontë Parsonage Museum for more than thirty years. Her books include The Brontës at Haworth (2006) and At Home with the Brontës (2013).

Part of a series of events by Elizabeth Gaskell’s House in partnership with the Brontë Parsonage Museum.

Tickets £8/ £6 concessions

The event will be approx 45 mins long, with time for a short question session afterwards

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25th Aug 2021

7pm - 8pm

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Elizabeth Gaskell 1863