The Oxford Companion to the Bronti'As

The Oxford Companion to the Bronti'As

by Christine Alexander, Margaret Smith
     
 

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From landscapes to Luddites and from Heathcliff to Stancliffe's Hotel, The Oxford Companion to the Brontes provides comprehensive, authoritative, and up-to-date information about the lives, works, and afterlives of the Brontes -- Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Bronte, and their father and brother -- all of whom were published writers. It is the first time so much

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From landscapes to Luddites and from Heathcliff to Stancliffe's Hotel, The Oxford Companion to the Brontes provides comprehensive, authoritative, and up-to-date information about the lives, works, and afterlives of the Brontes -- Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Bronte, and their father and brother -- all of whom were published writers. It is the first time so much information about the family has been gathered together in an accessible A-Z volume. The story of the Brontes has become a myth: three women living on the wild Yorkshire moors, writing works of strange genius. Charlotte Bronte claimed that her sister Emily's novel Wuthering Heights was 'hewn in a wild workshop'. Inspired by a deep love of nature and an intensely private imagination it certainly was, but Emily's novel, like those of her sisters, is embedded in 19th-century society and debates. The Brontes lived in a thriving mill town. They read widely and eclectically, devouring the latest newspapers and journals. This Companion provides a thorough insight into the complex interrelations between the Brontes' lives, writings, and times.

In-Depth surveys of the Brontes' lives and works are supplemented by entries on their friends and acquaintances, pets, literary and political heroes; on the places they knew and the places they imagined; on their letters, drawings, and paintings. Extensive coverage of their juvenilia sheds light on their carly imaginative worlds, surveys of current criticism discuss the variety of interpretations of their novels, while entries on sequels and adaptations in film, theatre, and television convey the myriad ways in which their works live on.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"As Brontë scholars, Alexander and Smith are highly qualified to have undertaken this project, and they and the seven other contributors have created a valuable compendium of impeccable scholarship....This excellent guide is the most comprehensive and scholarly reference companion to the Brontës now available. It is highly recommended for all academic libraries and larger public libraries."—Booklist

"A thoroughly detailed and compellingly useful reference book on the Brontes and their age....Essential reading for devotees."—Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198662181
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/28/2004
Pages:
640
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.40(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Christine Alexander is Professor of English at the University of New South Wales. Her books include the multi-volume Edition of the Early Writings of Charlotte Brontë (1987-91), The Art of the Brontës (1995), and the British-academy prize-winning book The Early Writings of Charlotte Brontë (1982). She has also published widely on gothic literature, Jane Austen, critical editing, literary juvenilia, and landscape gardening. Margaret Smith is Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Research in Arts and Social Sciences, University of Birmingham. She has edited many of the Brontës' works, including The Professor, Jane Eyre, Shirley, Villette, and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, and the Brontë letters.

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