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Published by Thriftbooks. As the other reviewers have said, this is an excellent biography of a fascinating Victorian woman. I read the book while working on my master's thesis on Elizabeth Gaskell and social class.
The biography was obviously an invaluable resource on Gaskell's life, but it was also a pleasure to read. Uglow has captured all the contradictions that Gaskell embodied in her life and in her fiction. Now that my thesis is finished, I'm excited to read Uglow's biography on another Victorian woman novelist--George Eliot! Superb bio of a superb author Published by Thriftbooks.
Elizabeth Gaskell is a wonderful subject for a biography--a prolific author, a wife and mother, activist, traveller, friend, letter writer, gossip, dancer, and intellectual--and Jenny Uglow does right by her. This bio is imminently readable, chock full of anecdotes, throughly researched with the notes and citations to prove it, and hard to put down.
Interspersed with Uglow's of the details of Gaskell's busy life are chapters devoted to literary analysis of Gaskells novels, novellas, and major stories. With Gaskell's fame as an author again on the rise, thanks to the recent excellent adaptations of Wives and Daughters, North and South, and Cranford which also included Lady Ludlow and Mr. Overall very enjoyable and it makes me want to read more of her novels I confess only to have read Mary Barton -and that was a long time ago. Mar 11, Celia Kaltenbach-crotteau rated it really liked it.
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A previous reviewer mentioned being confused by all the names flying through the book's pages, and I do agree that I sometimes had to backtrack to identify who was who. But the tumult seemed to match Mrs.
Gaskell's personality - garrulous, erratic, but always interested in others and therefore herself interesting. I did enjoy reading about a woman currently off the radar of literary popularity, but a contemporary of Charlotte Bronte, Charles Dickens, and George Eliot, and, moreover, a woman who A previous reviewer mentioned being confused by all the names flying through the book's pages, and I do agree that I sometimes had to backtrack to identify who was who.
I did enjoy reading about a woman currently off the radar of literary popularity, but a contemporary of Charlotte Bronte, Charles Dickens, and George Eliot, and, moreover, a woman who managed to balance a writing career with marriage, motherhood, and social activism. The lady had it together. This is the first Jenny Uglow book I did not adore unconditionally. It's as much a biography of Gaskell's writing as it is her life; you'd think since I love Gaskell, this would be heavenly. It's not. It's too long, there are so many unanswered questions about other people in her life, and I already knew her works, so I found those chapters tedious.
For all that, it's still great reading, just not as amazing as her later biographies. Oct 17, Helen Gladman rated it it was amazing.
Loved this so much. I was engrossed completely. That it should have been a separate book. I loved it. It reignited my love of literary analysis and will send me back to the novels.
Elizabeth Gaskell Habit Stories, First Edition
I started this book because I felt I knew do little about Gaskell. Having just read and loved 'Cranford', I launched into this biography of Elizabeth Gaskell. It is extremely thorough, some of it documented with fascinating letters and reviews. Jenny Uglow gives good commentary into Gaskell's works as well as her life, so even though I haven't read some of Gaskell's body of work I was still able to gain valuable insights into her writings.
A terrific biography. I know now about Elizabeth Gaskell who was just a name to me till I read this book.
Jenny Uglow always writes a good book. If I have one complaint it is that there are too many characters but that really isn't her fault I suppose. Jul 11, Alicia rated it really liked it. This is a very long book, so I skipped over some parts and skimmed others. In the parts I was interested in, I was glad there was a lot of detail. There is quite a bit of commentary about Gaskell's most important works, as well as information about her life.
Sep 04, Annie rated it it was ok. The topical format did not work as well as a chronological order. An excellent biography of one of my favourite Victorian writers - a gift from my brother. It's best to have read all of her major novels before reading this since they are discussed in detail. Mar 14, Atef Ahmed added it. Bob rated it it was amazing Sep 24, Marta rated it it was amazing Dec 02, Sarah Dawson rated it really liked it Aug 25, Ahmed Barkach rated it it was amazing Feb 23, June rated it really liked it Aug 17, Georgia rated it liked it Apr 14,