15 August 2013

Review: Cousin Phillis and Other Stories by Elizabeth Gaskell

Trade paperback, 267 pages
Published 2010 (contents: 1850-64)
Acquired January 2012
Read November 2012
Cousin Phillis and Other Stories
by Elizabeth Gaskell

Five short stories/novellas by Elizabeth Gaskell, my first venture into her non-novelistic work. Pretty typical stuff for Gaskell: a lot of industrial towns, lone women, nostalgia, &c. Like a lot of famous Victorian writers, I don't think she's quite at home in the short story format; the one that works the best here is the longest one, the eponymous "Cousin Phillis," about an engineer's problematic romance.

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