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Literary Manuscripts of Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865) and the Brontës from the Brotherton Library, University of Leeds

This microfilm publication brings together two wonderful collections from the Brotherton Library, University of Leeds, allowing the researcher a fascinating insight into the world of women writers in the Victorian age.

  • The Library holds the largest collection of Gaskell letters in the world, including correspondence with many well known figures of Victorian literature and the campaign for women's rights, including Fredrika Bremer, Caroline Clive, John Forster, John Ruskin and Catherine Winkworth.
  • Gaskell's family life is also fully described in letters to her daughters and we also include her Journal, 1835-1838, written for their benefit.
  • An autograph manuscript of Sylvia’s Lovers is included, showing the original printer’s marks and also Gaskell’s many revisions.
  • There is also a remarkable presentation volume, created for Lord Brotherton, containing a letter from Charlotte Brontë recording her first meeting with Mrs Gaskell and a long manuscript by Elizabeth Gaskell describing her first visit to Haworth and the powerful impressions she formed of the Brontës.
  • The Brontë collection offers strong coverage of the works of Branwell Brontë, featuring letters, poetry, drawings and fragments of ‘Angrian’ prose.
  • For Charlotte Brontë there is an important manuscript volume of her Poems, and exercise books written by her when in France, 1842-44.  There is also a substantial body of correspondence to, from and about the Brontës, with letters by Ellen Nussey, A B Nicholls, Clement Shorter and W S Williams, her editor at Smith, Elder & Co.

The collection is accompanied by a 56-page guide with an Editorial Introduction by Dr Francis O'Gorman, Lecturer in Victorian Literature at the University of Leeds, and Consultant Editor for this project.

Editorial introduction
Digital Guide
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