'This short and accessible contribution to the 'Literary Lives' series...[is] recommended.' - T. Hoagwood, Choice
'This excellent new addition to Gaskell studies places Elizabeth Gaskell firmly in the context of the professional literary world of the mid nineteenth-century. Designed for students, it is admirably concise and perceptive, especially in using biographical information and correspondence to show how Gaskell's relationship with the modes and milieux of literary production, and with other contemporary writers, affected both the content and presentation of her fiction. Foster is also adept at weaving together many strands, and this acute critical study is also a succinct and moving biography.' - Jenny Uglow, Gaskell Society Journal
SHIRLEY FOSTER is Senior Lecturer in English and American Literature at the University of Sheffield. She has published in areas of Victorian women's fiction, English and American travel writing and children's literature. She has recently co-authored an anthology of women's travel texts.