Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell, née Stevenson (29 September 1810 - 12 November 1865), often referred to simply as Mrs. Gaskell, was an English novelist and short story writer during the Victorian era. She is perhaps best known for her biography of Charlotte Brontë. Her novels offer a detailed portrait of the lives of many strata of society, including the very poor, and as such are of interest to social historians as well as lovers of literature.
Cousin Phillisby Elizabeth Gaskell
Cousin Phillis is a novel by Elizabeth Gaskell. The story is about Paul Manning, a youth of seventeen who moves to the country and befriends his mother's family and his (second) cousin Phillis Holman, who is confused by her own placement at the edge of adolescence. Most critics agree that Cousin Phillis is Gaskell's crowning achievement in the short novel. The story is uncomplicated; its virtues are in the manner of its development and telling. Cousin Phillis is also recognized as a fitting prelude for Gaskell's final and most widely acclaimed novel, Wives and Daughters.
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This is a character-centered book and not as descriptive as most of Gaskell's other work. I found it to be on the thin side, but it is a novella and more about relationships than anything else. I liked it the least of all of Gaskell's other work.
Doesn't have the other books mentioned. But it does have some cute illustrations to help make up for that. However, be forewarned: Lots of OCR issues make it tough to read.