Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Blog Tour - Celebrate Elizabeth Gaskell's 200th Birthday!

Celebrate the 200th Anniversary of Elizabeth Gaskell’s Birth with a Blog Tour on September 29, 2010

Elizabeth Gaskell Birthday Blog Tour graphic by Katherine Cox of November's Autumn

"He shrank from hearing Margaret's very name mentioned; he, while he blamed her--while he was jealous of her--while he renounced her--he loved her sorely, in spite of himself." Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South

2010 marks the bicentenary of mid-Victorian novelist and short story writer Elizabeth Gaskell’s birth on September 29, 1810 near London. Best known for her detailed and sensitive portrayals of English social strata, her novels are cherished by literature lovers and social historians for their honest depiction of life of the rich and the poor from the first half of the nineteenth century. Four of her books have also been brought vividly to the screen in television mini-series adaptations: The Brontes of Haworth (1973), Wives and Daughters (1999), Cranford (2007) and Return to Cranford (2009).

To honor Elizabeth Gaskell’s literary achievement, please join me and other fellow Gaskell enthusiasts for a blog tour in celebration of her birthday. Visit any of the participant’s blogs on Wednesday, September 29, 2010 to read about her life and times, and reviews of books and movie film adaptations. There you will also find a link to take you to the next blog on the tour. Enjoy!

I have provided links to the participants' blogs so that you can get to know them before the blog if you like. The links will be updated on September 29 to go directly to the post on the tour.


Elizabeth Gaskell’s life and times: Vic – Jane Austen’s World


Mary Barton (1848) Book: Kelly – Jane Austen Sequel Examiner
Cranford (2007) Movie: Laura – The Calico Critic
Ruth (1853) Book: Joanna – Regency Romantic
North and South (1854–5) Book: Laurel Ann – Austenprose
North and South (2004) Movie: Maria – Fly High
Sylvia's Lovers (1863) Book: Courtney – Stiletto Storytime
Wives and Daughters (1865) Book: Katherine – November’s Autumn
Wives and Daughters (1999) Movie: Elaine – Random Jottings
The Life of Charlotte Brontë (1857) Book & (1973) Movie The Brontes of Haworth: JaneGS – Reading, Writing, Working, Playing


Mr. Harrison’s Confessions (1851) Book: Alexandra – The Sleepless Reader
My Lady Ludlow (1859) Book: Alexandra – The Sleepless Reader
Cousin Phillis (1864) Book: Alexandra – The Sleepless Reader


Your Gaskell Library: Links to MP3's, ebooks, audio books, other downloads and reading resources available online: Janite Deb – Jane Austen in Vermont
Plymouth Grove – A visit to Elizabeth Gaskell’s home in Manchester: Tony Grant – London Calling

"Sometimes one likes foolish people for their folly, better than wise people for their wisdom." Elizabeth Gaskell, Wives and Daughters

Portrait of Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell (née Stevenson), by George Richmond, chalk, 1851. Bequeathed to the National Portrait Gallery, London by the sitter's daughter, Margaret Emily Gaskell, 1913


  1. For my birthday a few weeks ago I treated myself to a copy of North and South, after reading one of your earlier blog entries, Jane, so I'm looking forward to reading it, but doubt I'll have found time before the end of this month.

  2. Thanks for the shout out Jane and for participating in the blog tour. It should be great fun and informative.

  3. I've never read a Gaskell novel. I still have an unread copy of North & South on my bookshelf. I need to get on that! Happy Birthday, Elizabeth Gaskell!

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