01 April 2011

April 2011 at Literature by Women

We'll be starting Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell on Monday, April 4!

This is a Gaskell I've never read and I'm excited to watch the recent mini-series (with Judi Dench!) since I put off watching it until I had read the book.


  1. I have the book but I haven't read it yet. I will say though, that I think seeing the mini-series first may actually enhance your reading experience. The TV series shows just how delightful and humorous some of the antiquated turns of phrase can be. I'm not sure I would have picked up on that on my own.

  2. Anonymous12:27 PM

    Look forward to reading your thoughts on the book and the adaptation. :) They're both a delight as Thomas mentioned.

    A few things: the plot is linear in the adaptation while in the book it jumps around (it was originally written as a serial for Dickens' Household Works). They also incorporated two novella's, Mr. Harrison's Confessions and My Lady Ludlow, plus one of Gaskell's essays: The Last Generation in England. But the changes don't affect the enjoyment of watching the program, if anything it makes it better.

    I have some resources (ie. publishing history, annotations, etc.) on my blog, if it would be helpful to your group read: Cranford