Student's Guide to the Brontë Sisters

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The Brontë sisters may have had short lives, but their literary legacy lives on. More than 150 years after their deaths, Emily's Wuthering Heights and Charlotte's Jane Eyre remain two of the most popular love stories written in English. Twenty-first-century readers also continue to be engaged by such issues as the vulnerability of children, the role of education in civilizing members of society, and women's independence. In A Student's Guide to the Brontë Sisters, the extraordinary lives and works of Emily, ...

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Overview

The Brontë sisters may have had short lives, but their literary legacy lives on. More than 150 years after their deaths, Emily's Wuthering Heights and Charlotte's Jane Eyre remain two of the most popular love stories written in English. Twenty-first-century readers also continue to be engaged by such issues as the vulnerability of children, the role of education in civilizing members of society, and women's independence. In A Student's Guide to the Brontë Sisters, the extraordinary lives and works of Emily, Charlotte, and Anne Brontë are examined, offering accessible insight to first-time readers.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Pasachoff incorporates criticism of the major Brontë novels within a biographical summary. Though certainly abbreviated, the story of the siblings' writing endeavors from the time they were children paints a picture that begins with imaginative isolation. As each of the sisters branched out to become teachers, tutors, or governesses, readers are given an understanding of the struggle to write versus the necessity to support the family. Pasachoff's opinions are frequently bolstered by quotes from personal letters of the Brontës and their close associates. Individual chapters are devoted to Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, and the works of Anne Brontë. One of the final chapters discusses Charlotte's disdain for her sisters' work and another looks at the Brontës' legacy. The information presented here is far less sophisticated than that found in collections such as those edited by Harold Bloom.—Joanne K. Cecere, Monroe-Woodbury High School, Central Valley, NY
Children's Literature - Jennifer Lehmann
From the introduction, which gives hints into the fascinating twists of the lives of the Bronte family, this text is an engaging read. It is clear what has established the enduring legacy that draws tourists to the family's former home. The details are neatly woven into a well-organized narrative, and interesting tidbits will keep readers entertained. The siblings wrote their juvenilia in a script so tiny it requires a magnifying glass for most to read, possibly in order to hide their words from adults, including a father in the clergy, and to give themselves the freedom to include violence and sexuality. The connections between their work and their own lives, as well as their place in England's history and the development of the novel, are clearly expounded upon without breaking the flow of the text. Literary analysis of the two most famous works, Charlotte's Jane Eye and Emily's Wuthering Heights, as well as the lesser known Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte, also fit seamlessly in chapters describing their publication. The range of information will be useful to students for a variety of projects, but it is an interesting read on its own merit apart from its research potential. Reviewer: Jennifer Lehmann
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780766032675
  • Publisher: Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Series: Understanding Literature Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 160
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Brief Lives, Enduring Novels An: Introduction to the Lives and Works of the Brontë Sisters 7

2 Writers in the Making: The Roots of the Brontë Sisters' Earliest Work 18

3 The Bumpy Road to Publication: From Teachers to Writers 35

4 Currer Bell's Bestseller: Understanding Jane Eyre 50

5 Shocking the Reading Public: Ellis Bell's Wuthering Heights 69

6 Her Sisters' Critic: The Works of Acton Bell 84

7 Charlotte Alone, Charlotte Wed: Establishing Her Sisters' Reputations, Furthering Her Own 100

8 The Family Dies Out, the Work Lives On: The Lasting Legacy of the Brontë Sisters 117

Chronology 133

Chapter Notes 138

Glossary 150

Major Works by the Brontë Sisters 154

Further Reading 155

Internet Addresses 156

Index 157

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