Two Hundred Years of a Literary Life: Elizabeth Gaskell

This September, Special Collections presents “Two Hundred Years of a Literary Life,” a small exhibit honoring Victorian novelist Elizabeth Gaskell, who was born September 29, 1810.  Gaskell’s novels and stories of class struggles and women’s experience in mid-nineteenth century England have seen a surge in popularity over the past two decades.  A number of her works have appeared on the small screen (her novels North and South, Wives and Daughters, and most recently, Cranford have been adapted by the BBC).  The exhibit highlights Gaskell’s life and works and includes many of her better-known and lesser-known writings. It will be on display in Special Collections’ reference area throughout the month of September during normal operating hours.  This exhibit was curated by L. Tom Perry Special Collections Rare Book intern Tracey Lang.

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