Student's Guide to the Brontë Sisters by Naomi E. Pasachoff, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Student's Guide to the Brontë Sisters

Student's Guide to the Brontë Sisters

by Naomi E. Pasachoff
     
 

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

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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, Charlotte, and Anne Brontë are examined, offering accessible insight to first-time readers.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal - 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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780766032675
Publisher:
Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/01/2009
Series:
Understanding Literature Series
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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