Elizabeth Gaskell loved the country, and she loved people. It was her innate sympathy with her kind which made her look with affection and interest on those who, as she says in the preface to Mary Barton, ‘elbowed me daily in the busy streets of the town in which I resided’. But it is doubtful whether, had fate in the shape of her marriage to a city minister not decided her residence in Manchester, the industrial scene would ever have played a prominent part in her work though it was her handling of this theme that first brought her fame and still constitutes, in the opinion of some modern critics, her most lasting claim to remembrance.
KeywordsTyphoid Fever Industrial City Agricultural Labourer Early Fifty City Minister
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