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BBC production by Sue Birtwistle (who also produced the hugely popular mini-series of Pride and Prejudice with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle in 1995). With an introduction by Sue Birtwistle and Susie Conklin, creators of Cranford This edition also includes the stories 'The Cage at Cranford' and 'The Moorland Cottage'
Elizabeth Stevenson was born in London in 1810. In 1832 she married the minister William Gaskell and moved to Manchester. The death of her only son inspired her to write her first novel, Mary Barton, which was published anonymously in 1848. Dickens invited her to contribute to his magazine Household Words where her Cranford stories appeared from 1851 to 1853. She also wrote the novels Ruth, North and South and Sylvia's Lovers, and the famous biography, The Life of Charlotte Bronte. Elizabeth Gaskell died in 1865, leaving her final work Wives and Daughters incomplete.