What was the historical significance of Elizabeth Gaskell?
Elizabeth Gaskell is historically important because of the insight her novels give on the Victorian Era in which she lived and wrote. In this sense, she is similar to Charles Dickens, whose works describe the same time in English history.
Gaskell was born in 1810 and died in 1865. During this time, England's economy was changing as the Industrial Revolution began. Gaskell used her writing to examine these changes and to criticize them in some ways. She was very much concerned with the effects of the changes on the poor and on women in particular.
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