Lives of Victorian Literary Figures: Part II: The Brownings, the Brontes and the Rossettis

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The second part in this series concentrates on famous literary partnerships and families. The set is a superb anthology of contemporary biographical materials which draw upon 'official' and unofficial biographical materials, many of which are rare or hard to locate in the original. These texts challenge established perceptions, offering an alternative view of key literary figures through the eyes of their Victorian biographers. Thus we get a glimpse of the 'true' public personae of the Brontës, Rossettis and Brownings before the processes of time and literary fame took over and created the reputations we know today.

The writings bring out the interdependence of the couples and families under consideration and show how the reputations of all the writers developed. In particular, they illustrate how the perception of an intimate literary partnership or literary rivalry influenced the reception of an individual writer. It is also possible to see how perceptions of gender difference in the period encouraged or prevented the freedom to write.

Complete texts or substantial extracts reproduced

Digitally enhanced facsimile texts

Includes many rare items from scattered collections

General introduction, volume introductions, headnotes, consolidated index

Author Biography: Ralph Pite is at Liverpool University, John Mullan is at University College, London, Simon Avery is at the University of Hertfordshire, Hester Jones is at the University of Liverpool, Marianna Kambani is an independent scholar

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