Cranford is the best known and most charming of Elizabeth Gaskell's novels. It is a comic portrait of an early Victorian country village and its genteel inhabitants, mostly women, whose social attitudes remain firmly unchanging against the modernising world, and whose domestic details dominate conversation. Gaskell describes the uneventful lives of Cranford's inhabitants in this witty and poignant classic.
Treasured household names, including Judi Dench, Eileen Atkins, Imelda Staunton and Julia McKenzie, brought Cranford to life in one of the best-loved classic dramas of all time. This celebratory omnibus edition includes the classic novel of the same name, a comic portrait of the lives of Cranford's genteel female inhabitants, as well as a novella and a short story.
Both of these, The Moorland Cottage and The Cage at Cranford, featured in the Cranford two-part Special. These poignant portraits of early Victorian country village life deserve to be read and re-read.
About the Author
Elizabeth Stevenson was born in London in 1810. In 1832 she married the minister William Gaskell and moved to Manchester. The death of her only son inspired her to write her first novel, Mary Barton, which was published anonymously in 1848. Dickens invited her to contribute to his magazine Household Words where her Cranford stories appeared from 1851 to 1853. She also wrote the novels Ruth, North and South and Sylvia's Lovers, and the famous biography, The Life of Charlotte Bronte. Elizabeth Gaskell died in 1865, leaving her final work Wives and Daughters incomplete.
Number Of Pages: 332
Published: 16th November 2009
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9 x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.503