Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell (1810-1865) was a writer, a minister’s wife, and mother of four daughters who worked among the poor and traveled widely. Mary Barton (1848) was her first success. In the novel The Moorland Cottage, Maggie Browne, the daughter of a deceased clergyman, gives up her own life to devote herself to her brother, Edward. Maggie patiently endures the selfishness of her mother and brother and finds friendship with the invalid wife of their wealthy neighbor Mr. Buxton. Then the two families' destinies become dangerously entwined.... The nonfiction work An Accused Race is Gaskell’s reformist treatise on the oppression of the Cagots in Europe.