Elizabeth Gaskell Bicentenary Blog Tour Slated for September 29th

Mark your calendars for September 29th and return for a blog tour by thirteen Elizabeth Gaskell enthusiasts in celebration of the 200th anniversary of her birth in 1810.

In addition to a biography of her life, her novels, short stories and movies will be reviewed, reading resources detailed, and a photographic tour of her home at Plymouth Grove in Manchester will be featured.  One lucky commenter will win a copy of an unabridged edition of North and South by Naxos AudioBooks read by Clare Willie. That’s 18 hours of Margaret Hale and John Thornton sparring and sparking in Gaskell’s most acclaimed work.  Here is a list of participants. You can visit them in any order and all comments during the contest will count toward your chance to win. Good luck and happy birthday Mrs. Gaskell.


  • 1.) Elizabeth Gaskell’s life and times: Vic – Jane Austen’s World


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



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


  • 14.) Your Gaskell Library – Links to MP3′s, ebooks, audio books, other downloads and reading resources available online: Janite Deb – Jane Austen in Vermont
  • 15) 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

17 thoughts on “Elizabeth Gaskell Bicentenary Blog Tour Slated for September 29th

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    1. Sorry to disappoint you Jessica, but I had limited time to put this together and this is the tour that developed. I hope you can enjoy some of the other reviews of her novels and short stories.


  1. I’m really looking forward to this especially as Random is contributing. I don’t know the others but I shall enjoy them.


  2. The only Gaskell I’ve read are the novels that Cranford was made from. I only became interested in her because of the Cranford series but I thoroughly enjoyed what I read. I also saw North and South. I’ll be interested to see the comments.


  3. It sounds silly, but after many years of loving Jane Austen to bits, I only discovered Elizabeth Gaskell this year. I’ve read Wives and Daughters and Ruth and loved them both. I’m looking forward to reading everything else she’s written.


  4. Have been longing to read/listen to Sylvia’s Lovers ever since @OWC_Oxford tweeted about it this week. Aside from the descriptions of Sylvia’s suitors, it was their phrase that she was ‘changed though hardship’ that sealed the deal!


    1. I wish I had won the Oxford Worlds Classics giveaway of all of the Gaskell novels this week on Twitter! Very generous of @OWC_Oxford. They have great contests. Hope for more opportunities.

      I too want to read/listen to Sylvia’s Lovers. This novel is begging to be made into a mini-series. If you read it Molly, please let us know what you think.

      Cheers, Laurel Ann


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