A Preface to the Brontes : Preface Books

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Excellent introduction to the background of the four Brontes!

  • Outlines their lives and cultural background.
  • Explores important places and people in lives of the four Brontes and the effect on their writings.
  • Examines four of the Brontes' major works: Jane Eyre, Vilette, the Tennant of Wildfell Hall and Wuthering Heights
The Brontes are a literary phenomenon. The novels, poetry and prose of Emily, Charlotte, Anne and Branwell have made a lasting contribution to English literature. Their brief lives, marred by illness, violence, and early death, have added to their fascination. Felicia Gordon's account provides an excellent introduction to the life and works of the Brontes by examining in detail their bleak and isolated childhood and its effect on their writing, setting the Brontes' work clearly in the context of their times. This sympathetic account of the harsh lives the Brontes provides a fascinating and enlightening introduction to those wanting to read their works.

Felicia Gordon is at the Cambridgeshire College of Arts and technology.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780582437630
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 8/21/2000
  • Series: Preface Series
  • Pages: 225
  • Product dimensions: 5.15 (w) x 8.27 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations.



Chronological Table.



1. A Parsonage Childhood.

2. The Path to Maturity.

3. The Deaths of Branwell, Emily and Anne.

4. Charlotte's Later Novels and Marriage.


5. History and Politics.

6. Religion.

7. Reading and Literary Influences.

8. The Juvenilia.

9. The Brontes and the Visual Arts.

10. The Condition of Women Question.


11. Jane Eyre (1847).

12. Villette (1853).

13. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1848).

14. Emily Bronte's poetry.

15. Wuthering Heights.

16. Conclusion.


Brief Biographies.

Further Reading.

General Index.

Index of Bronte Works.

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