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Variations on Victorian Women

Probably in jest, Gaskell once said that she could title her fourth novel (North and South) “Variations on Death.” Five people die in her novel in ways fitting to the characters. I could have used a comparable title for my sequel: “Variations on Victorian Women.” There are several female characters in the novel Margaret of the North: Margaret, of course; Mrs. Hannah Thornton; Dixon, Mrs. Hale’s maid and now Margaret’s;…

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Grief is for the Living: Death in Gaskell’s North and South

Death is a main player in Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South. At least six characters, big and small, die in the course of the novel: Bessie, Mrs. Hale, Mr. Hale, Mr. Bell, Boucher, and his wife. In addition, reference is made to Mr. Thornton’s father having committed suicide before the period in which the novel is set. Gaskell is said to have remarked, probably jokingly, that she should call the…

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Writing Margaret of the North

Doing art—whether it is painting or writing—commits the creator to a series of decisions. How big a canvas should I use? Or, should this story swirling in my head be a short story or an epic? How should I apply my brushstrokes, with a brush of a certain size or a palette knife? And with what colors? Or, what kind of viewpoint would make my story more intriguing? And how…

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Guest Blog: My Male Perspective: Margaret of the North

Margaret of the North by E. Journey continues the story begun in North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell, the romance between Margaret Hale and John Thornton, later dramatized by a 2004, BBC North & South TV serial, a mini-series of four 50-minute episodes with Daniela Denby-Ashe and Richard Armitage in the lead roles. This novel, Margaret of the North, sensitively gives us the ensuing life histories of Margaret and Thornton;…

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Journey into My Right Brain or my unlikely ascent into novel writing

I dreamt, when I was a kid, that I would write a book someday. No idea then what about or how to go about it. As years rolled quickly by, I thought: not fiction, surely. I had neither the imagination nor the gift for it, particularly after training in a field that honed the skills and the mindset to stick to unvarnished facts, cementing the primacy of my left brain.…