Essays by leading scholars explore the lives and tragic early deaths of the three Brontë sisters. They set two of the greatest novels of the nineteenth century :Charlotte's Jane Eyre and Emily's Wuthering Heights, in the context of the other prose and poetry of the sisters, and trace the reputation of the Brontës through history. A detailed chronology and guides to further reading are included.
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Chronology; Introduction Heather Glen; 1. The Haworth context Juliet Barker; 2. The Brontës' childhood writings Carol Bock; 3. The poetry of the Brontës Angela Leighton; 4. The Professor, Agnes Grey, and Wuthering Heights Stevie Davies; 5. Jane Eyre and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall Jill Matus; 6. Shirley and Villette Heather Glen; 7. Ideology, personality, and the Brontë characters Rick Rylance; 8. Women writing and publishing Kate Flint; 9. The Brontës and religion John Maynard; 10. The Brontë myth Patsy Stoneman; Guide to further reading.