(1810–65), English novelist; full name Mrs. Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell. An active humanitarian from a Unitarian background, she wrote Mary Barton (1848), Cranford (1853), and North and South (1855), which display her interest in social concerns. She also wrote a biography (1857) of her friend Charlotte Brontë.
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Syllabification: Gas·kell, Mrs. Elizabeth
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