British novelist and short story writer (who also wrote an acclaimed biography of Charlotte Brontë), with pronounced interest in social reform, as is evidenced in her novels, including such important C19 works as North and South and Mary Barton; friend and mentee of Charles Dickens, who so respected her work that he placed one of her stories as the first work in the first number of his literary magazine Household Words.
An excellent introduction to Gaskell, this site includes biographical information as well as a number of critical and contextual discussions. [Victorian Web]The Gaskell Web.
Includes chronology and e-texts. [Mitsuharu Matsuoka, Nagoya U]Elizabeth Gaskell
Biographical overview, with some good links to contextual info. [BBC History]Biographical note
[Unitarian Universalist Biographical Dictionary]Brief biographical note
[Peter Landry, Bibliographies]Brief biographical note
[Columbia Encyclopedia, Bartleby]Brief biographical note
Part of the PBS website for the 2002 production of Gaskell's Wives and Daughters.Brief biographical note
[Gothic Labyrinth]Brief biographical note
[John W. Cousins, A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature, 1910]Gaskell Hyper-Concordance
Part of the The Victorian Literary Studies Archive, this concordance allows you to search etexts by Gaskell (both novels and short stories).Portrait
[National Portrait Gallery, London]Another portrait
Gaskell goes glam. [Corvey Women Writers on the Web, Sheffield Hallam U]
Penguin Classic's Gothic Tales by Gaskell, edited by Laura Kranzler, includes a number of Gaskell's ghost stories.
For discussion of all things Gaskell. firstname.lastname@example.org