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01 Introduction

Filed under: Sin categoría — Raquel Sanchez Sogorb at 4:05 am on jueves, mayo 23, 2013

In this paper I am going to deal three books, from different authors but focusing in the same central theme, the society and the role of women. The books are: North & South-Elizabeth Gaskell, Jane Eyre-Charlotte Brontë, and Pride & Prejudice- Jane Austen.

Elizabeth Gaskell and Charlotte Brontë were really closed friends, and their novels are from the same era, the Victorian; but Jane Austen wrote “Pride and Prejudice” in the Georgian era and was published in the Regency period. To begin knowing these glorious writers I am going to show something about their lives.

Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell was a British novelist and short story writer during the Victorian era, she was born in 29 September 1810, at Chelsea, and she died in 12 November 1865, at Holybourne, Hampshire. Elizabeth had friends like Charles Dickens, where in his journal she started to write her books in chapters like North and South, and Charlotte Brontë, when Charlotte died, Elizabeth wrote a biography about her, but some people said it was not enough impartial.

Charlotte Brontë  (21 April 1816 – 31 March 1855) was an English novelist and poet, the eldest of the three Brontë sisters who survived into adulthood, whose novels are English literature standards. She wrote Jane Eyre under the pen name Currer Bell. She was the third of six children, two of her sisters were also writers, as Emily Brontë, who wrote “Wuthering Heights” under the pen name Ellis Bell; and Anne Brontë, who wrote “The Tenant of Wildfell Hall”, which is considered to be one of the first sustained feminist novels

Jane Austen (16 December 1775- 18 July 1817) was an Englis novelist too whose works of romantic fiction, set among the landed gentry, earned her a place as one of the most widely read writers in English literature. Her realism and biting social commentary have gained her historical importance among scholars and critics.  Austen lived her entire life as part of a close-knit family, and although she never travelled and she did not get married, Jane Austen wrote some of the most important novels in the English literature, such as: Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma, Mansfield Park, and so on.

I chose these books because they have been some of my favorites books ever, I really love how Gaskell exposes the Industrial Revolution and at the same time the love between Margaret and Mr. Thornton; how Charlotte puts an opharn governess in a mistery castle, and she finds a beautiful love; and Jane Austen made of her romantic works simply art, with all these characters and different stories that have common points.

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