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Short Stories (Household Words, 1854-58)

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Elizabeth Gaskell's collection of short stories, originally published in Household Words between 1854 and 1858, is a delightful and engaging read.

The stories offer a glimpse into the everyday lives of ordinary people living in 19th century England, with Gaskell's keen eye for detail bringing each character to life. From domestic dramas to tales of social injustice, each story is carefully crafted and filled with emotion.

Gaskell's writing style is elegant and evocative, drawing the reader in from the very first page. Her ability to capture the nuances of human relationships and societal norms of the time is truly impressive.

While some of the stories may feel slightly dated in terms of language and social customs, the themes and emotions explored remain relevant and relatable even today. Gaskell's exploration of class, gender, and morality is thought-provoking and offers insights into the complexities of human nature.

Overall, Short Stories is a captivating collection that showcases Gaskell's storytelling prowess and her ability to illuminate the human experience. It is a must-read for fans of classic literature and those interested in the social history of Victorian England.

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Elizabeth Gaskell published 18 short works in Charles Dickens' Household Words between 1850 and 1858. This collection follows the collection of the 1850-1853 works, with recordings of 7 Household Words pieces published between 1854 and 1858. The collection includes two of Gaskell's most important shorter works: Half a Lifetime Ago, set in the English Lake District, and The Poor Clare, in which the bewitched heroine is pursued by a mischievous double. The Sin of a Father and The Manchester Marriage are both tales with a message. The collection begins with three documentary pieces that emerged from Gaskell's travels in France.

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