Elizabeth Gaskell
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"Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell", née "Stevenson", often referred to simply as "Mrs Gaskell", was a British novelist and short story writer during the Victorian era. Her novels offer a detailed portrait of the lives of many strata of society, including the very poor, and are of interest to social history/social historians as well as lovers of literature. Gaskell was also the first to write a biography of Charlotte Bronte, The Life of Charlotte Bronte, which was published in 1857.

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