Charlotte in Love: The Courtship and Marriage of Charlotte Bronte

Charlotte in Love: The Courtship and Marriage of Charlotte Bronte

by Brian Wilks

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Wilks, vice president of the Bront Society, attempts to reclaim Arthur Nicholls from behind the shadow of his wife's writings. Their relationship is known only through Charlotte's surviving letters; Nicholls's voice and perspective are missing from history and from this book. Wilks makes readers rethink the work of prior biographers, who have alternately vilified and discounted Nicholls, Charlotte's father's curate, by reminding us of the courage she showed in marrying him. And while Wilks does indulge in some conjecture concerning the innermost emotions of those involved, he provides a plausible argument reconsidering the importance of this marriage. Wilks weaves together the story of the relationships Bront had with the few important men in her life: her father, Patrick; her brother, Branwell; her teacher, Monsieur Heger; her publisher, George Smith; and, finally, her husband. It is perhaps in this regard that the book is most successful. While Nicholls's voice may be lost, Charlotte's relationships--and what they show about her ideas of love and passion--inform our study of her life and her novels. Recommended for public and academic libraries.--Karen E. Sadowski, Norwood, MA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

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