The Gaskell Society Newsletter

No. 60 (Autumn 2015)

  • Editor's Letter (Helen Smith)
  • The Gaskell Society Conference, 17-20 July, Cober Hill, near Scarborough (Helen Smith)
  • A Post-Conference Note (Pat and Harry Ellis)
  • Lair (Edwin Stockdale)
  • Elizabeth Gaskell and the Medical World (J H Ross)
  • Marianne (Christine Lingard)
  • Murder in Mrs Gaskell Country, Hyde, Cheshire 1831 (J P Lethbridge)
  • Gaskell and Sand: two Unlikely Soulmates (John Greenwood)
  • Gaskelliana for the Twenty-First Century (Fran Baker)
  • A message received on 8 May 2015 (Christine Grocott and Judith Bottriell)
  • Time for Some Light Relief: 'Gaskell' on the Silver Screen (Christie Lingard)
  • The AGM and Literary Weekend of the ALS 30 May 2015 (Janet Kennerley)
  • Forthcoming Events
  • Autumn General Meeting
  • Annual General Meeting 2016
  • North-West Group
  • The Gaskell Society South-West
  • London and South-East Group
  • Sesquicentennial Events

No. 59 (Spring 2015)

  • Editorfs Letter (Helen Smith)
  • Charitable Works (Doreen Pleydell)
  • Domestic Medicine: with some notes about Mercury Treatment (Angus Easson)
  • Elizabeth Gaskell and Charles Thurstan Holland ? another Liverpool connection (A. J. Larner)
  • Victorian Women Novelists, Gossip and Creativity (Brenda McKay)
  • The Gaskell Broadwood Piano of 1853 (Tim Austin)
  • Marianne and her family in Worcestershire (Jean Alston)
  • Italy in the Footsteps of Elizabeth Gaskell (Christine Bhatt)
  • North and South: an Experience (Helen Shay)
  • Book Notes (Christine Lingard)
  • Book Review (Helen Smith)
  • Forthcoming Events
  • Gaskell Society AGM 2015
  • Autumn General Meeting
  • North-West Group
  • The Gaskell Society South-West
  • London and South-East Group
  • Alliance of Literary Societies AGM 2015

No. 58 (Autumn 2014)

  • Editorfs Letter (Helen Smith)
  • Primitive, Cheap and Bracing: the Gaskells in the Alps (Christine Lingard)
  • Corrections (Edwin Stockdale)
  • Railways: the Naming of the Train (Alan Shelston)
  • John Geoffrey Sharps (Heather Sharps)
  • The Murillo Trail of eWoman Drinkingf (Pat Barnard)
  • A Very Modern Marriage (Ann Brooks and Bryan Haworth)
  • In Praise of the Independent Singleton (John Greenwood)
  • F.E. Bache: a Brief Life (John Chapple)
  • Elizabeth Gaskell and Henry James (Alan Shelston)
  • Book Notes (Christine Lingard)
  • Gaskell Study Tour to Worcester , Bromyard and surrounding areas ? 20 to 22 May 2014 (Jean Alston)
  • A Note of Thanks (Rosemary Donaldson)
  • Alliance of Literary Societies AGM 2014 (Janet Allan)
  • A Week-end with Mrs Gaskell and Mr Dickens: 12-14 September 2014
  • Forthcoming Society Events
  • Autumn Meeting
  • North-West Group
  • Annual General Meeting 2015
  • The Gaskell Society South-West
  • London and South-East Group

No. 57 (Spring 2014)

  • Editorfs Letter (Helen Smith)
  • Asya and Phillis: Comparisons and Contradictions (Ian M. Emberson)
  • Gaskellians (Rosemary Donaldson)
  • The Power of Fiction (Doreen Pleydell)
  • To Tuscany with Murray (Christine Lingard)
  • Nineteenth-Century Education: Parity for the Sexes? (Angus Easson)
  • Ruth and the Governess Question (Elizabeth Williams)
  • Lionizing Elizabeth Gaskell: The Gaskell Journal goes On-line (Nancy Weyant)
  • Who was Louy Jackson? (Jenny Keaveney)
  • Elizabeth Gaskell and Thomas Glover (Pauline Kiggins)
  • A Distant Connection (Pam Griffiths)
  • Book Notes (Christine Lingard)
  • Alliance of Literary Societies AGM 2014
  • Forthcoming Events
  • Annual General Meeting
  • Autumn Meeting
  • North-West Group
  • The Gaskell Society South-West
  • London and South-East Group

No. 56 (Autumn 2013)

  • Editor's Letter (Helen Smith)
  • Joan Leach Memorial Essay Prize
  • The Gaskell Society Conference 19-22 July, Stratford Manor Hotel, near Stradford-upon-Avon (Helen Smith)
  • Elizabeth Gaskell and Shawls: Creative Artistry and Identity (Alison Lundie)
  • The Seamstress (Christine Lingard)
  • The Connection between Elizabeth Gaskell, Charles Eliot Norton and Autumn Leaves by John Everett Millais (Pat Barnard)
  • 'Such a life': Elizabeth Gaskell and Charlotte Bronë (Patsy Stoneman)
  • Elizabeth Gaskell and Honorë de Balzac (John Greenwood)
  • 'Trawling Private Accounts out to the Public Gaze': Answers and Problems (Angus Easson)
  • The Uncertainty of Endings (Alan Shelston)
  • Book Notes (Christine Lingard)
  • Keeping in Touch (Jean M Layton)
  • Idyll and Reality: a Weekend with George Eliot, 13-15 September 2013
  • Autumn General Meeting
  • North-West Group
  • The Gaskell Society South-West
  • London and South-East Branch

No. 55 (Spring 2013)

  • Editor's Letter (Helen Smith)
  • Elizabeth Gaskell and Food (Shirley Foster)
  • George Richmond 1809-1896 and his portrait of Elizabeth Gaskell (Pat Barnard)
  • Elizabeth Gaskell and George Eliot: siblings spoilt cream-jugs, torn dresses, farm labourers, the judgment of Solomon, and the outward gaze (Barbara Hardy)
  • Margaret Emily Gaskell (Ann O'Brien)
  • Belonging (Doreen Pieydell)
  • Former President Professor JAV Chapple remembers. . .
  • A Tale of Two Elizabeths
  • Mrs Charles Holland (From the Inquirer 2 Apl 1892)
  • Gaskell study tour to Boston, September 2012 (Christine Bhatt)
  • Elizabeth Gaskell and Rome (Robin Allan)
  • Book Notes (Christine Lingard)
  • The Gaskells' House Report (Janet Allan)
  • Annual General Meeting 2013
  • Autumn General Meeting
  • North-West Group
  • The Gaskell Society South-West
  • London and South-East Branch

No. 54 (Autumn 2012)

  • Editor's Letter (Helen Smith)
  • Presidential Address (Shirley Foster)
  • An Appreciation of Alan, now Former President (Elizabeth Williams)
  • Mary Syner: A Personal Tribute (Alan Shelston)
  • Life before the Gaskell Society (Doreen Pleydell)
  • 'That Unfrequented Stone Hall': Elizabeth Gaskell and Tabley Old Hall (Sarah Webb)
  • Mrs Gaskell, Haunts, Homes and Stories (Ellis H. Chadwick, Isaak Pitman and Sons)
  • London Looks at Charlotte and Elizabeth: "The Life of Charlotte Brontë" - A Reading Day (Katharine Solomon)
  • The Two Elizabeths (Alan Shelston)
  • What a Single Word Can Do (Alan Shelston)
  • A Brief Account of Illustrated Editions of Elizabeth Gaskell's Works (Emma Marigliano)
  • Casa Guidi, Florence (Pauline Kiggins)
  • Away from It All (Christine Lingard)
  • Gaskell - Nightingale Tour, 30 May, 2012 (Jean Alston)
  • Book Notes (Christine Lingard)
  • Alliance of Literary Societies AGM Weekend, 12-13 May 2012 (Lynda Stephens)
  • Exciting News from 84 Plymouth Grove (Janet Allan)
  • Forthcoming Events
  • The Gaskell Society South-West
  • London and South-East Branch
  • Academy Service

No. 53 (Spring 2012)

  • Editor's Letter (Helen Smith)
  • Dickens Bicentenary (Alan Shelston)
  • A Gynaecologist Looks at Mrs Gaskell (James Drife)
  • Uncle Peter and Cousin Henry (Craig Thornber)
  • Ford Madox Brown: Pre-Raphaelite Pioneer (Pat Barnard)
  • Death in Leamington Spa? (Christine Lingard)
  • Controversy at Cross Street: Was George Eliot Guilty of Plagiarism? (Shirley Foster)
  • Moorland Cottage (Jo Pryke)
  • Maria Andreanszky 1910-2011 (Stella Luce)
  • Visit to Warrington 28 September 2011 (Philip Morey)
  • Gaskell 20 Questions Quiz: The Answers
  • Greenheys Opening Event (Helen Smith)
  • Book Notes (Christine Lingard)
  • The Gaskells' House Report (Janet Allan)
  • Alliance of Literary Societies
  • Forthcoming Events
  • The Gaskell Society South-West
  • London and South-East Group
  • The North-West Group

No. 52 (Autumn 2011)

  • Gaskell 20 Questions Quiz
  • Editor's Letter (Helen Smith)
  • Thoughts of Chairman Ann (Ann O'Brien)
  • Gaskell Society Conference 2011 (Janet Cunliffe-Jones)
  • Beau Geste
  • With Gaskell in Naples (Alan Shelston)
  • Cranford in Crewe (Helen Smith)
  • Elizabeth Rosemary Trevor Dabbs: 8 July 1922 - 28th September 2010 (Sarah Prince)
  • Elizabeth Gaskell's Encounters with the Internet Technology of the 21st Century (Nancy S. Weyant)
  • A Dear Good Valuable Friend (Christine Lingard)
  • Two Encounters with ECG (Doreen Pleydell)
  • Happy 20th Birthday! (Fran Twinn)
  • Thank You (Elizabeth Williams)
  • Friends of Plymouth Grove: Update (Janet Allan)
  • Book Notes (Christine Lingard)
  • Alliance of Literary Societies AGM 2011 (Lynda Stephens)
  • Summer Evening Meetings of The Gaskell Society in Knutsford (Janet Kennerley)
  • The Gaskell Society South-West
  • London and South-East Group
  • The North-West Group

No. 51 (Spring 2011)

  • Editor's Letter (Helen Smith)
  • Joan Leach: Our Honorary Secretary from 1985-2010 (Elizabeth Williams; Rev Jean Bradley: Katharine Solomon: Janie Briggs; Pam Griffiths: Dudley Green; Shirley Foster; Christine Bhatt; Pat Heath; Masuko Adachi)
  • Una Box, who died 14 November, 2010, aged 71 years (Jean Alston)
  • A Glimpse into the Preparations for the Memorialisation of Elizabeth Gaskell in Poets' Corner, Westminster Abbey on 25 September 2010 (Ann Waddington)
  • London Weekend, 24-26 September 2010
  • Can you Help?
  • Corrigenda to Autumn Newsletter 2010
  • Friends of Plymouth Grove: Update
  • Book Notes (Christine Lingard)
  • The Alliance of Literary Societies (Janet Kennerley)
  • The Autumn General Meeting 2011
  • North West Group
  • Yorkshire Group 2011
  • The Gaskell Society South-West
  • The London and South-East Group
  • Autumn Meeting

No. 50 (Autumn 2010)

  • Joan Leach (Janet Allan)
  • "Such Happy Days As My Schooldays Were": Elizabeth Gaskell and Warwickshire (Elizabeth M. Cox)
  • Archibald Stanton Whitfield 1899-1974 (Phillip Ray)
  • Alliance of Literary Societies (Helen D. Newman)
  • Conference, 2011
  • An Italian Bicentenary Event
  • Brief Lives: Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Gaskell Collection, Manchester Central Library
  • Book Notes (Christine Lingard)
  • Beyond the Bonnets!
  • Autumn Bicentenary Events
  • A Report from Plymouth Grove
  • Lottery Development Grant Awarded
  • Improvements to the Groud Floor
  • 2010 Events
  • Meetings at Cross Street Chapel, Manchester
  • North West Group
  • London and South East Group
  • South-West Group
  • Yorkshire Branch

No. 49 (Spring 2010)

  • Editor's Letter (Joan Leach)
  • Elizabeth Gaskell's London (Christine Lingard)
  • A Tale of Two Celebrations: Elizabeth Gaskell and Lev Tolstoy (Katherine Jane Briggs)
  • Vernon Lushington: Mrs Gaskell's 'Cousin'
  • The Death of Elizabeth Gaskell reported
  • Exciting times ahead at Brook Street Chapel
  • Emily White 1925-2010
  • The Alliance of Literary Societies (Kenn Oultram)
  • Gaskell Study Day at Sheffield
  • Book Notes (Christine Lingard)
  • A Report on progress at Plymouth Grove (Janet Allan)
  • North West Group
  • London and South-East Group
  • South-West Group
  • Yorkshire Group

No. 48 (Autumn 2009)

  • Editor's Letter (Joan Leach)
  • Elizabeth Gaskell 2010 (Alan Shelston)
  • Elizabeth Gaskell's Paternal Grandparents (John Chapple)
  • Charles Allen Du Val/C A Duval: Artist & Photographer, 1803-1872 (Nicky Clark)
  • The Death of Elizabeth Gaskell (John Ross)
  • Photos in Geneva (Time Austin)
  • Pregress at 84 Plymouth Grove (Janet Allen)
  • The 2009 AGM/Weekend of the Alliance of Literary Societies (Nanet Kennerley)
  • Book Notes (Christine Lingard)
  • Brussels Brontë Group: Annual Brontë Weekend
  • North West Group
  • London and South-East Group
  • Yorkshire Group
  • South-West Group
  • Gaskell Bicentenary Year 2010

No. 47 (Spring 2009)

  • Editor's Letter (Joan Leach)
  • Gaskell and the Theatre (Christine Lingard)
  • A Newly-Discovered Letter of Introduction Returns to England (Nancy S. Weyant)
  • Skelwith (Christine Lingard)
  • A Model for Lady Ludlow (Joan Leach)
  • Friends of Plymouth Grove (Ann O'Brien)
  • Book Notes (Christine Lingard)
  • AGM Meeting
  • North West Group
  • London and South-East Group
  • South West Group
  • Yorkshire Branch Group
  • Alliance of Literary Societies News
  • New Member Societies
  • AGM and Literary Weekend

No. 46 (Autumn 2008)

  • Editor's Letter (Joan Leach)
  • Papers of the Green & Jamison Families (Fran Baker)
  • Notes from the Exhibition: Art Treasures in Manchester: 150 years on (Ann O'Brien)
  • The Recollections of a Victorian Gentlewoman (Marie Moss)
  • Tour in Scottish Lowlands, 7-11 July, 2008 (Jean Alston)
  • Friends of Plymouth Grove (Ann O'Brien)
  • The 2008 AGM of the Alliance of Literary Societies (Janet Kennerley)
  • Book Notes (Christine Lingard)
  • Autumn General Meeting
  • London and South-East Group
  • Yorkshire Group
  • North West Group
  • The Gaskell Society South-West

No. 45 (Spring 2008)

  • Editor's Letter (Joan Leach)
  • Mary Holland and Anne Marsh Caldwell (John Chapple)
  • The BBC and "Cranford" (Malcolm Pittock)
  • Gaskell and Music (Christine Lingard)
  • The Green Letters (Joan Leach)
  • A Transatlantic Friendship: Elizabeth Gaskell and Charles Eliot Norton (Elizabeth Schlenther with Boyd Schlenther)
  • Book Notes (Christine Lingard)
  • Friends of Plymouth Grove
  • The Alliance of Literary Societies
  • North West Group
  • Yorkshire Branch
  • The Gaskell Society South-West
  • The London and South-East Group

No. 44 (Autumn 2007)

  • Editor's Letter (Joan Leach)
  • The Papers of J. G. Sharps (Fran Baker)
  • Visit to Bamford country 9th June, 2007 (Adrienne Stennett)
  • A letter from Bamford, probably to William Gaskell (Robert Poole)
  • The Manchester Art Treasures Exhibition (Ann O'Brien)
  • Elizabeth Gaskell's Guests To The Manchester Art Treasures Exhibition
  • Mary Barton as a school prize
  • Report from Plymouth Grove (Ann O'Brien)
  • The 2007 AGM of The Alliance of Literary Societies (Janet Kennerley)
  • The BBC and Cranford
  • Book Notes (Christine Lingard)
  • North West Branch
  • London and South East Branch
  • South-West Branch
  • Yorkshire Branch

No. 43 (Spring 2007)

  • Editor's Letter (Joan Leach)
  • John Geoffrey Sharps (Heather Sharps)
  • Gabibaldi at Caprera (Alan Shelston)
  • The Gaskell Society Visit to Rome, 18 September - 24 September 2006 (Peter Skrine)
  • Antonio Gallenga (Christine Lingard)
  • The Sorrows of Young Philip (Ian M. Emberson)
  • 84 Plymouth Grove
  • Book Notes (Christine Lingard)
  • Manchester Regional History Review (Joan Leach)
  • London and South East Group
  • North West Group
  • The Yorkshire Branch of the Society
  • South-West Branch


No. 42 (Autumn 2006)

  • Editor's Letter (Joan Leach)
  • My Visit to Japan (Joan Leach)
  • Visit to Ashbourne, Alstonefield and the Hope House Costume Museum, 5th July 2006 (Jean Alston)
  • Cranford Houses (Joan Leach)
  • Book Notes (Christine Lingard)
  • Mrs Gaskell and the OED (Part 2) (Christine Lingard)
  • Visit to Plymouth Grove on Monday 5 June 2006 by Members of The Bronté Society (Coreen Turner)
  • Recent Events at Plymouth Grove (Ann Waddington)
  • The Next Gaskell Conference (23-30 July 2007)
  • Society Events in the North-West
  • North-West Group
  • The Yorkshire Branch of the Society
  • London and South-East Group
  • South West Group
  • Autumn Meeting


No. 41 (Spring 2006)

  • Editor's Letter (Joan Leach)
  • John Geoffrey Sharps (1936-2006) and Gaskell Studies (John A. V. Chapple)
  • Memories and Tributes to John Geoffrey Sharps
  • Recollections of Plymouth Grove
  • Gaskell in Translation: A Summary (Christine Lingard)
  • Letters Relating to The Life of Charlotte Bronté (Joan Leach)
  • Gaskell Society Members at Buckingham Palace (Fran Twinn)
  • Mrs Gaskell and the OED
  • Sylvia's Lovers (Joan Leach)
  • Two Books about the Bronté (Elizabeth Williams)
  • 84 Plymouth Grove - The Gaskell House
  • At Cross Street Chapel Manchester
  • North-West Group
  • The Yorkshire Branch of the Society
  • London and South-East Group
  • South West Group
  • Alliance of Literary Societies
  • Whitby Caedmon Literary Festival


No. 40 (Autumn 2005)

  • Editor's Letter (Joan Leach)
  • The Cober Hill Conspiracy
  • Manchester Conference Reviewed (Alan Shelston)
  • Elizabeth Gaskell and Dickens in All the Year Round (Deborah Wynne)
  • Elizabeth Gaskell and the Isle of Man (Peter Skrine)
  • John Ashton Nicholls in Boston (John Chapple)
  • The Alliance of Literary Societies
  • A Forgotten Wedding Custom and Jane Eyre (Ian M Emberson)
  • The Lake District in the Footsteps of Elizabeth Gaskell (Mary Clark)
  • Plymouth Grove
  • Book Notes (Christine Lingard)
  • Annual Supplement to Elizabeth Gaskell: An Annotated Guide to English-Language Sources (Nancy S Weyant)
  • The Yorkshire Branch of The Gaskell Society
  • North-West Group Programme
  • The South-West Group
  • London and South-East Group
  • Invitation to Carlyle Society Meeting in Edinburgh on 24th September
  • Mary Barton: The Opera


No. 39 (Spring 2005)

  • Editor's Letter (Joan Leach)
  • Scientists in Wives and Daughters (Christine Lingard)
  • Elizabeth Gaskell and Dickens in All the Year Round (Deborah Wynne)
  • Book Notes (Christine Lingard)
  • North and South on BBC TV
  • A Forgotten Wedding Custom (Jenny Uglow)
  • A Visit to Japan (Alan Shelston)
  • Lancaster Visit (Mary Clark)
  • Lancaster Grand Theatre
  • 84 Plymouth Grove
  • General Meetings
  • North West Group
  • The London and South-East Group
  • The South-West Group
  • Group Meetings in York and Edinburth
  • Residential Course on Gaskell and Bronte Theme
  • The Charles Lamb Society


No. 38 (Autumn 2004)

  • Editor's Letter (Joan Leach)
  • Brian Hechle (Dudley Green)
  • Elizabeth Gaskell and Tennyson: A Footnote (Alan Shelston)
  • Samuel Holland and Liverpool (Christine Lingard)
  • Visit to Liverpool
  • Friends of Plymouth Grove: Update
  • American Members Aid to Plymouth Grove Appeal
  • The Oxford Visit 23-24 June 2004: A Personal View (Marie Moss)
  • Visit to Worcester and Stratford-upon-Avon 5th-8th July 2004 (Janet Kennerley)
  • Book Notes (Christine Lingard)
  • Victorian Literary Quiz Book (Elizabeth Williams)
  • Autumn Meetings
  • North West Programme
  • Meetings at Cross Street Chapel, Manchester
  • The Gaskell Society South-West
  • The London and South-East Group
  • Inaugural Scottish Meeting
  • The Visual Life of Elizabeth Gaskell


No. 37 (Spring 2004)

  • Editor's Letter (Joan Leach)
  • Elizabeth Gaskell and Tennyson (J. A. V. Chapple)
  • Haworth through Unfamiliar Eyes (Frances Twinn)
  • Gaskell's Works Now Searchable via New Hyper-Concordance (Nancy S. Weyant)
  • Mrs Gaskell and Mrs Fergusson: A New Connection (Alan Shelston)
  • A Gaskell Portrait?
  • Alliance of Literary Societies AGM 24th April
  • The North West Group
  • The Gaskell Society Postal Bookstall
  • Book Notes
  • For Jane Austen Fans
  • AGM Meeting at Cross Street Chapel, Manchester (3 April 2004)
  • The Gaskell Society South-West
  • The London and South-East Group
  • Elizabeth Gaskell and Manchester (19-21 July 2005)


No. 36 (Autumn 2003)

  • Editor's Letter (Joan Leach)
  • And What of Sylvia? (Christine Lingard)
  • Elizabeth Gaskell and Macclesfield (Marie Moss)
  • Editing Elizabeth Gaskell's Letters (John Chapple)
  • Here we go Round the mulberry bush
  • Elizabeth Gaskell and the American Civil War (Muriel Smith)
  • Bookstall Notes
  • Book Notes (Christine Lingard)
  • The Literary North West - The Cross Street Chapel Talks
  • The Gaskell Society South West
  • London and South East Group
  • Autumn Meeting in Knutsford at St. John's Parish Church Rooms
  • Unitarian College Manchester 1854-2004


No. 35 (Spring 2003)

  • Editor's Letter (Joan Leach)
  • Mrs. Gaskell and the 'Climbing Boys' (Marjorie Cox)
  • A Note on Elizabeth Gaskell's Visit to The Mount (Marie Moss)
  • The Frozen North: Some Links with Sylvia's Lovers (Christine Lingard)
  • Manchester Botanist? (Jane Wilson)
  • The Gaskell Trip to Brittany (Sheila Stephenson and Jean Hockenhull)
  • The Alliance of Literary Societies AGM
  • Book Notes (Christine Lingard)
  • Gaskell Society North-West
  • Forthcoming Events
  • Gaskell Society South-West
  • Forthcoming Programme
  • Gaskell Society London and South-East


No. 34 (Autumn 2002)

  • Editor's Letter (Joan Leach)
  • Obituary: Arthur Pollard (John Chapple)
  • Wilmots (Christine Lingard)
  • In Pursuit of Madame de Sévigné (Muriel Smith)
  • Good Dog Fanny and Tuft the Canary, with other Stories, all True (John Chapple)
  • Manchester Botanists (Joan Leach)
  • Book Notes (Christine Lingard)
  • North West Group
  • Forthcoming Meetings
  • Literature Courses in the North West
  • General Autumn Meeting: 28th September, 2002
  • Gaskell Society - South-West: Excursion to Penzance
  • The London and South-East Group


No. 33 (Spring 2002)

  • Editor's Letter (Joan Leach)
  • On the Trail of Madame de Sévigné (John Chapple)
  • The Gaskells' Shawls (Janet Allan)
  • A Centenary Event and a Bi-Centenary Proposal (Janet Allan)
  • HELP PLEASE! (Elizabeth Rye)
  • Samuel Laurence 1812-1884 (Joan Leach)
  • Caroline Holland (1835-1909) (John A. V. Chapple)
  • Book Notes (Christine Lingard)
  • The London and South-East Group: 2002 Programme
  • South-West Group: Programme
  • General Meetings in the North West


No. 32 (Autumn 2001)

  • Editor's Letter (Joan Leach)
  • 84 Plymouth Grove (Janet Allan)
  • The Gaskell's Bequests (Janet Allan)
  • Bellingham (Muriel Smith)
  • Bank Street Unitarian Chapel, Bolton (Christine Lingard)
  • The Gaskells, Popular Education & the Free Library Movement (Christine Lingard)
  • Book Notes (Christine Lingard)
  • South-West Group
  • London and South East Group
  • Knutsford and Manchester Meetings
  • Group Visits 2001


No. 31 (March 2001)

  • Editor's Letter (Joan Leach)
  • Tributes to Barbara Brill (Janet Allan, Alan Shelston, Irene Whiltshire, and Joan Leach)
  • The Gaskells, Popular Education & the Free Library Movement (Christine Lingard)
  • 'Peccavi' (Peter Skrine)
  • Charles Perrault, Madame D'Aulnoy, and 'Curious, if True' (John Chapple)
  • Book Notes (Christine Lingard)
  • Alliance of Literary Societies Report
  • Forthcoming Events
  • Alliance of Literary Societies AGM
  • London and South East Group


No. 30 (August 2000)

  • Editor's Letter (Joan Leach)
  • Visiting Belgium, 11th - 15th May 2000 (Jackie Horsfield)
  • Following The Brontës in Brussels - May 2000 (Dudley Green)
  • Travelling the literary Trail (Marie Moss)
  • Book Notes (Christine Lingard)
    • O'Farrell, M. A., Telling complexions: the nineteenth-century English novel and the blush (Duke University Press, £11.95)
    • Sue Lonoff (ed. and trans.), Brontë Charlotte and Emily: The Belgian essays a critical edition (Yale University Press, 1996)
    • Meynell, Dame Alix, What grandmother said: the life of Alice Dowson, 1844-1927 based on her diaries by her grandmother (Colt Books, £25)
    • Jennifer Foster (ed.), Mary Barton (Broadview Literary Press, Ontario)
    • Graham Handley (ed.), Wives and Daughters (Everyman Gaskell Series, Dent, £4.99)
  • Literary Walk of Southwark - 19th August, 2000
  • Knutsford Meetings (Elizabeth Williams)
  • Gaskell Society Southwest Group Report on Spring Activities 2000 (Rosemary Marshall)
  • Manchester Meetings at Cross Street Chapel
  • London and South-East Branch
  • Barbara brill's "At Home with Elizabeth Gaskell"
  • Tennyson and Gaskell
  • Two Events at The British Library
  • Progress on The Gaskell House - Plymouth Grove (Janet Allan)
  • Stop Press


No. 29 (February 2000)

  • Editor's Letter (Joan Leach)
  • Adapting Wives and Daughters (Andrew Davies)
  • Who was Miss Fergusson? (Jean Lindsay)
  • Omnibus - A Diary of our Days on Location (Jean Hockenhull and Sheila Stephenson)
  • Marianne North (Barbara Brill)
  • Book Notes (Christine Lingard)
    • Katherine Ann Wildt (Saint Louis University), Elizabeth Gaskell's use of color in her industrial novels and short stories (University Press of America)
    • Alison Chapman (ed.), Elizabeth Gaskell: Mary Barton; North and South (Icon Critical Guides, £7.99)
  • Lancashire Dialect and the Greyt Eggshibishun (John Chapple)
  • A Dark Night's Work at inverary Jail
  • Membership Update
  • South-West Group Meetings (Rosemary Marshall)
  • Meetings at Cross Street Chapel
  • Manchester Spring Meeting at Cross Street Chapel (Saturday 8th April)
  • Knutsford Meetings
  • Internet News
  • Knutsford Literature Festival 2000
  • London and South East Group


No. 28 (August 1999)

  • Editor's Letter (Joan Leach)
  • The Gaskell Society Conference: The London Experience, 23 July - 26 July 1999 (Maureen Horner and Barbara Miller)
  • William Gaskell and the Pressures of Work (Alan Shelston)
  • Gaskell Society South West Group: Report of Meeting on 6 May 1999
  • Book Notes (Christine Lingard)
    • Patrick Brantlinger, The Reading Lesson: the threat of mass literacy in nineteenth century British fiction (Bloomington and Indanapolis: Indiana University Press, £15.99)
    • John Gross (ed.), The New Oxford Book of English Prose (Oxford University Press, £25.00)
    • Charlotte Mitchell and Caroline Clive, Victorian fiction research guide 28 (University of Queensland)
  • Links in a Chain that Connect Elizabeth Gaskell with Marianne North (Barbara Brill)
  • South of England Branch
  • Paper Proposals are Invited for the 2000 meeting of the Research Society of Victorian Periodicals, "Victorian Encounters: Editors and Readers", to be held in London on 20-22 July 2000.


No. 27 (February 1999)

  • Editor's Letter (Joan Leach)
  • Gawthorpe Hall Exhibition: Brontë-Gaskell-Kay-Shuttleworth (Heather Sharps)
  • Elizabeth Gaskell à Paris (Peter Skrine)
  • In The Footsteps of Elizabeth Gaskel - PARIS: 17-22 September 1998 (Dudley Green)
  • The Tenth Annual Gaskell Society Meeting in Tokyo: From a Speaker's Viewpoint (Andrew Sanders)
  • South West of England Branch Report (Rosemary Marshall)
  • A (not) Imaginary Conversation Between a 'Lady of Quality' & Mrs Gaskell (John Chapple)
  • Book Notes (Christine Lingard)
    • John Pack, War, the Army and Victorian Literature (Macmillan, £42.50)
    • Tim Dolin, Mistress of the House: Women of Property in the Victorian Novel (Ashgate, £37.25)
    • Anne Hogan and Andrew Bradstock (ed.), Women of Faith in Victorian Culture: Reassessing the Angel in the House (Macmillan, £42.50)
    • Harriet Devine Jump (ed.), Nineteenth-Century Short Stories by Women (Routledge, £14.99)
    • Olga Kenyon, Women's Voices: Their Lives and Loves Through Two Thousand Years of Letters (Constable, £18.95)
    • Graham Storey, Pilgrim Edition of the Letters of Charles Dickens Vol.10, 1862-1864 (Clarendon Press, £65)
    • Megan Perigoe, Metaphors of Change in the Language of Nineteenth-Century Fiction: Scott, Gaskell and Kingsley (Clarendon Press, £35)
  • Preliminary Notice
  • South of England Branch 1999 Programme
  • GL.328 to George Smith, Dec 29 1856.


No. 26 (August 1998)

  • Editor's Letter (Joan Leach)
  • Gawthorpe Hall and the Gaskell Connection (Heather Sharps)
  • Membership Renewals
  • Thoughts about the Brontës (Bernard C Mayston)
  • 'Curious, if True': Le Petit Poucet and Tom Thumb. A Case of Mistaken Identity? (Irene Wiltshire)
  • The Gaskell Society of Japan
  • Book Notes (Christine Lingard)
    • Suzanne Keen, Victorian Renovations of the Novel: Narrative Annexes and the Boundaries of Representation (Cambridge UP)
    • Elisabeth Jay (ed.), The Life of Charlotte Brontë (Penguin)
    • Deirdre D'Albertis, Dissembling Fictions: Elizabeth Gaskell and the Victorian Social Text (Macmillan)
    • Megan Perigoe Stitt, Metaphors of Change in the Language of Nineteenth Century Fiction (Scott)
    • Stephen Harbottle, Reverend William Turner: Dissent and Reform in Georgian Newcastle-upon-Tyne (Northern Universities Press)
    • Pamela Hirsh, Barbara Bodichon: A Life (Chatto and Windus)
  • French Translations of Gaskell (Christine Lingard)
  • Cross Street Chapel (Joan Leach)
  • Circular Notes (Muriel Smith)
  • Alliance of Literary Societies AGM (Kenn Outram)
  • The Gaskell Society's Monthly Meetings
  • London and South East Group


No. 25 (March 1998)

  • Editor's Letter (Joan Leach)
  • Sylvia's lovers: The First Japanese Translation (Tatsuhiro Ohno)
  • Elizabeth and William Gaskell's Honeymoon in Aber, September 1832 (Jean Lindsay)
  • Elizabeth Gaskell's First Music Book (J A V Chapple)
  • Charades and Amateur Theatricals (Barbara Brill)
  • Book Notes (Christine Lingard)
    • Robin B Colby, "Some appointed work to do": women and vocation in the fiction of Elizabeth Gaskell (Greenwood Press)
    • J B Bullen (ed.), Writing and Victorianism
    • Juliet Barker (ed.), The Brontë: a life in letters (Viking)
  • Membership Renewals


No. 24 (September 1997)

  • Editor's Letter (Joan Leach)
  • "The Well of Penmorfa" (Dewi Williams)
  • Notes on The Moorland Cottage and Other Stories, World's Classics p/b edn 1995 (Muriel Smith)
  • The Recording of Mrs Gaskell's North & South, BBC Radio 4 (Delia Corrie)
  • Cross Street Chapel (Geoffrey Head, Chairman of Trustees)
  • Book Notes (Christine Lingard)
    • Josephine Guy, The Victorian Social-problem Novel; the Market, the Individual and the Communal (1996)
    • Cecil Y. Lang (ed.), The Letters of Matthew Arnold Vol. 1 (1829-1859) (The University of Virginia Press, 1996)
    • Elizabeth Deedes Ermarth, The English Novel in History 1840-1895 (Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1997)
    • John Chapple, Elizabeth Gaskell: the Early Years (Manchester University Press, 1997)
  • One Day in Heppenheim (Joan Leach)
  • Summer Outings (Joan Leach)


No. 23 (March 1997)

  • Editor's Letter by Joan Leach
  • A Study of Mrs Gaskell's Handwriting by Caroline Arnaud
  • Humour in Mrs Gaskell's Letters (1) by Graham Handley
  • The Royal Literary Fund by J A V Chapple
  • Book Notes by Christine Lingard
    • Kate Flint (ed.), Victorian Love Stories: An Oxford Anthology (Oxford University Press, 1996)
    • Maggie Ollerenshaw, Talking Classics: The World's Great Novels on CD or Cassette - Vol 67 Mary Barton (An Orbis Classics Collection, 1996)
    • Anna Unsworth, Elizabeth Gaskell: An Independent Woman (Minerva Press, 1996)
  • 84 Plymouth Grove by J A V Chapple & Joan Leach
  • Programme for Londn & South East Group
  • Forthoming Events


No. 22 (August 1996)

  • Editor's Letter
  • Alliance of Literary Societies
  • Behind the Scenes: Sources and Contexts (J. A. V. Chapple)
  • Private Voices: The Diaries of Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell and Sophia Isaac Holland (eds. Ania C. Wilson & J. A. Chapple, Keele University Press)
  • Book Notes (Christine Lingard)
    • Joseph W. Childers, Novel Possibilities, Fiction and the Formation of Early Victorian Culture (University of Pennsylvania Press)
    • Patrician Ingham, The Language of Gender and Class: Transformation in the Victorian Novel (Routlege and Kegan Paul)
    • Deborah Epstein Nord, Walking the Victorian Streets, Women, Representation and the City (Cornell University Press)
  • First Meeting That Led To Lasting Friendships (Barbara Brill)
  • RIVISTA DI STUDI VITTORIANI (a new Journal published quarterly from the Centre of Victorian and Edwardian Studies at Pescara University)
  • Elizabeth Gaskell and Manchester (26 April 1997)
  • Holiday in Germany (6-12 May 1997)
  • Monthly Meetings in Knutsford
  • New Year Lunch
  • London & South East Group


No. 21 (March 1996)

  • Editor's Letter
  • Mrs Gaskell and Charles Eliot Norton (Graham Handley)
  • Meeting Mrs Jane Whitehill (J. Geoffrey Sharps)
  • Wives and Daughters -- A New Conclusion (Pamela Sharps)
  • Juliet Barker, The Brontes (Roy Winstanley)
  • Book Notes (Christine Lingard)
    • Terence Wright, Elizabeth Gaskell 'We are Not Angels'; Realism, Gender, Values (St Martin's Press)
    • Suzanne Lewis (ed.), Moorland Cottage and Other Stories (World's Classics, OUP)
    • Jenny Uglow (ed.), Curious, if True: Strange Tales by Mrs Gaskell (Virago Modern Classics)
    • Kate Flint, Elizabeth Gaskell (Northcote House)
    • Constance D. Harsh, Subversive Heroines: Feminist Resolutions of Social Crisis in the Condition of English Novel (University of Michigan Press)
  • 321104 -- Separate Spheres
  • Cultural and Political Perspectives in "An Italian Institution" by E. Gaskell
  • The Spectator -- 24th February 1996: Books on Tape review by Robert Cooper
  • South of England Branch 1996 Meetings


No. 20 (August 1995)

  • Editor's Letter (Joan Leach)
  • Ghost Stories
  • New Light on Elizabeth Gaskell and her Family (J. A. V. Chapple)
  • A Day with the Engineers (Extract from The Life of Sir David Brewster)
  • North and South on Audio Tape
  • South of England Branch
  • Book Notes (Christine Lingard)
    --Ruth Y. Jenkins, Reclaiming Myths of Power: Women and the Victorian Spiritual Crisis (London and Toronto: Associated University Presses)
  • Gaskell Collection in Manchester
  • The Charlotte M. Young Society
  • The Martineau Society
  • Reminder

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