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Elizabeth Gaskell (1810–1865)

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Elizabeth Gaskell was born on September 29, 1810 to a Unitarian clergyman, who was also a civil servant and journalist. Her mother died when she was young, and she was brought up by her aunt in Knutsford, a small village that was the prototype for Cranford, Hollingford and the setting for numerous vis mere other short stories. In 1832, she married William Gaskell, a Unitarian clergyman in Manchester. She participated in his ministry and collaborated with him to write the poem Sketches among the Poor in 1837. Our Society at Cranford was the first two chapters of Cranford and it appeared in Dickens' Household Words in 1851. Dickens liked it so much that he pressed Gaskell for more episodes, and she produced eight more of them between 1852 and 1853. She also wrote My Lady Ludlow and Lois the Witch, a novella that concerns the Salem witch trials. Wives and Daughters ran in Cornhill from August 1864 to January 1866. The final installment was never written but the ending was known and the novel exists now virtually complete. The story centers on a series of relationships between family groups in Hollingford. Most critics agree that her greatest achievement is the short novel Cousin Phillis. Gaskell was also followed by controversy. In 1853, she offended many readers with Ruth, which explored seduction and illegitimacy that led the "fallen woman" into ostracism and inevitable prostitution. The novel presents the social conduct in a small community when tolerance and morality clash. Critics praised the novel's moral lessons but Gaskell's own congregation burned the book and it was banned in many libraries. In 1857, The Life of Charlotte Brontë was published. The biography was initially praised but angry protests came from some of the people it dealt with. Gaskell was against any biographical notice of her being written during her lifetime. After her death on November 12, 1865, her family refused to make family letters or biographical data available. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre


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Cranford er sådan en bog man bliver i godt humør af. Gaskell var inspireret af sin egen opvækst i en lille engelsk by i starten af 1800-tallet, og der er en varme og sympati for bogens personer, der vidner om, at den må have været lykkelig. Men bogens store fortjeneste er, at den stadig formår at give historien kant, for livet blandt den lille bys førende kvinder var langt fra en tilværelse uden sorger.

Bogens fortæller, Mary Smith, er flyttet fra Cranford tidligere, men hun kommer løbende tilbage for at besøge byen, hvor hun er en naturlig del af den kvindelige overklasse. Begrebet skal her forstås relativt, for meget er gået i stå i den lille by, og flere af kvinderne har knap nok råd til at opretholde en acceptabel livsførelse. Det undlader man efter stiltiende overenskomst at nævne, så ingen taber ansigt. En satiriker kunne have blotlagt hykleriet, og en socialt indigneret forfatter kunne have påpeget, at personernes bekymringer blegner i forhold til byens fattige, men det er ikke Gaskells ambition. Hun morer sig over arrangementet, men hun anerkender også, at det er omsorg, der får kvinderne til at tie over for hinanden.

Mary bor hos søstrene Jenkyns, der er datter af den tidligere præst på stedet. Deborah er den dominerende, men det er lillesøsteren Matilda / Mattie vi for alvor kommer tæt på efter søsterens død. Efter en række næsten enkeltstående anekdoter foldes hendes historie ud, og selvom hun på overfladen bare er en knap så snedig gammeljomfru, så har hun stået meget igennem med tab af både ægteskab og en bror, der forsvandt for mange år siden. Heldigvis har det ikke gjort hende bitter, men tværtimod fuld af varme og menneskekundskab. Når nu hun ikke selv kom til at mærke familielivets glæder, hvad ville så være mere naturligt end at tugte tjenestepigen Martha strengt og forbyde hende at se mænd i hendes fritid? Men hun vælger anderledes:

”’And, perhaps Martha, you may some time meet with a young man you like, and who likes you. I did say you were not to have followers; but if you meet with such a young man, and tell me, and I find he is respectable, I have no objection to his coming to see you once a week. God forbid!’ said she in a low voice, ‘that I should grieve any young hearts.’” (s. 73-74)

Jeg nød bogens rolige tempo og Gaskells stil, der fremstod overraskende moderne. Selvom der er masser af etik og moral i bogen, så er der ikke ret meget moralisering, og en gang imellem er det fornøjelse at læse en bog, hvor forfatteren grundlæggende har sympati for sine personer, også selvom hun sagtens kan se deres mangler.
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