Gaskell, Elizabeth Cleghorn (1810-1865)


Gaskell, Elizabeth Cleghorn (1810-1865)


Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell was a noted novelist and one of the signatories of Barbara Leigh Smith Bodichon's petition to Parliament on married women's rights to retain their own earnings. This was the first significant mention of Gaskell by George Eliot in 1856. The two women never met, though George Henry Lewes had visited Mrs. Gaskell prior to his relationship with Eliot. Mrs. Gaskell did not like him initially, but found that he improved in later visits.


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