Looking for an engaging and emotionally resonant read from a novelist who was inspired by the works of both Charles Dickens and Charlotte Bronte? Elizabeth Gaskell's 1850 short novel The Moorland Cottage offers up a unflinching slice of nineteenth-century family life, with a particular focus on family dynamics in an era where sons were openly favored.
11) An Accursed Race
As the nineteenth century gave way to the twentieth, attitudes about love, marriage, and gender roles began to undergo a radical shift. The five stories collected in this volume, written by literary luminaries such as Henry James, Walter Besant, and Thomas Hardy, expertly capture this period of transition.
13) The Poor Clare
Popular nineteenth-century writer Elizabeth Gaskell packed her fiction with the kind of riveting social details that keep contemporary readers and fans of historical drama glued to the page. This collection of short stories offers a comprehensive introduction to her body of work, which rivaled Dickens' in terms of popularity at the height of her career.
15) Lois the Witch
18) French Life
20) Lizzie Leigh
The trope of the "fallen woman" has been a constant presence in world literature for centuries. Victorian novelist Elizabeth Gaskell breathes new life into that tired archetype in the engaging short story "Lizzie Leigh," in which love ultimately triumphs even in the face of the most formidable odds.