Tuesday, April 8, 2014
G is for...Elizabeth Gaskell
Today is all about the letter G and it's dedicated to a very deserving writer, in my opinion. If you like Jane Austen (who I would have included in my A post if I had figured out my guiding theme by that point), then you will like: Elizabeth Gaskell.
Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865)
A British writer during the Victorian era, Gaskell structured her novels and short stories around the social strata of the times and was a staunch believer in tolerance toward all religions, which is shown in many of her works. In addition, Gaskell would pepper her works with local or regional dialect depending on the various settings to further aid in her want to represent the social times. I first read one of Gaskell's works when I was living in Scotland; fitting since the setting was in Scotland as well. From the time I picked the book up until I finished it, I was in love. As a huge fan of Austen, Elizabeth Gaskell ranked right there alongside Austen's genius. In fact, I might even like Gaskell's novels better. Whoa! Additionally, a fair number of her works have been turned into BBC and PBS productions.
*Recommendation: North and South, both the book and the film (No, it is not the Civil War movie)
Who are some of your favorite G writers?