By G. Handley

This chronology units Elizabeth Gaskell in her old, social and literary contexts. It specializes in her profession as a author but additionally underlines her interactive roles as spouse, mom, functional and tolerant Christian, radical sympathizer. Graham Handley discusses her youth, her marriage, the beginnings of her writing, the years of accomplishment, her social, humanitarian matters, love of trip and its effect, with the stability of domesticity and creativity that is the major to her personality.

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Abroad John Stevenson’s travels continue – he reaches the Red Sea: the first Burmese War had begun in January, the attack on Rangoon and its capture coming on 11 May (John referred to the fighting in December). WG is awarded his BA degree at Glasgow: he receives prizes for Greek, Mathematics and Ethics. ) Repeal of the Combination Acts of 1799–1800: unions were permitted, but any intimidation of workers was proscribed. ) by her sister Emily. Radical journal the Westminster Review founded by James Mill, father of John Stuart Mill.

Going to the Bradfords for Christmas. 1841 Working conditions in industrial cities continue to deteriorate, the severe economic depression that impregnates Mary Barton now unremitting. Emily and Susanna Winkworth have lessons in History, Composition, Chemistry and German (and music) from WG. ) Queen Victoria marries Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. ) Dickens’s Barnaby Rudge begins serialisation (to November). 27 John Henry Newman’s interpretation of the 39 Articles in Tract XC (the essential Catholicism of the Anglican Church) is the precursor of his, and others, later conversion to Roman Catholicism.

End of the Burmese War. ) Disraeli’s Vivian Grey published anonymously. June ES leaves Avonbank, her formal education over. ) Jane Byerley writes to ES giving critique of Cheltenham, her letter embodying ‘Ideals of womanhood’ (Chapple 246) and referring to the disappearance in India of a relation of a certain Sophy, uncanny anticipation of ES’s future loss of her brother John. (Winter) ES probably in London with her father, who perhaps tutored her in Italian, Latin, French: she reads (or has read) and admires Goldsmith, Cowper, Pope and Scott.

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