Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell and Adoption
Gaskell's mother died before she was one month old, and she was raised partly by an aunt, but her childhood was spent in a succession of families rather than with her father.
She was a friend and biographer of Charlotte Brontë and is reckoned one of the best English novelists of the nineteenth century.
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