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blog : 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, the wife of a Unitarian minister, should write about supernatural events and hauntings; yet despite Unitarianism’s foundation in rationality, Elizabeth appears to have been somewhat superstitious.  In October 1859 she writes to George Smith, her publisher:

blog : 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 a blog by Diane Duffy for the Gaskell Society's This Month in Writing series and you can read the full version Here Elizabeth Gaskell’s The Grey Woman is, out of all her short stories, one of