The Bronte Family: Passionate Literary Geniuses

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The authors of such literary classics as Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, and Agnes Grey, Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Bronte were extraordinary not only because they were successful female writers in Victorian England, but also because they were sisters. Growing up, all three sisters' writings were significantly influenced by each other, but perhaps most importantly by their troubled brother, Branwell. This fascinating account of each sister's unconventional life, astounding talent, and tragic death draws readers ...
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Overview

The authors of such literary classics as Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, and Agnes Grey, Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Bronte were extraordinary not only because they were successful female writers in Victorian England, but also because they were sisters. Growing up, all three sisters' writings were significantly influenced by each other, but perhaps most importantly by their troubled brother, Branwell. This fascinating account of each sister's unconventional life, astounding talent, and tragic death draws readers into the minds of the gifted authors whose passionate tales have enthralled readers for more than a century and whose voices still resonate with modern readers.

A joint biography of Charlotte, Emily, Branwell, and Anne Bronte, exploring how the siblings sparked creativity in each other and how their lives were woven into their novels.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA
The books of the Brontë sisters are well known to readers-Jane, Catherine, Heathcliff, and the bleakly beautiful Yorkshire setting have a powerful literary life of their own. The wild moors were the setting where art was born of the tides of emotion and imagination that seethed beneath the surface of the Brontës' seemingly conventional lives. Charlotte, Anne, and Emily Brontë, and their brother Branwell grew up in a parsonage and depended on one another for the stories and games that enriched their days. Tragedy struck their family early with the loss of their mother and two sisters to illness. Readers will be fascinated by the tiny books that they wrote from an early age and will appreciate the struggle faced by artistic young women of the time to balance family obligations with creativity. Details such as brother Branwell's descent into alcoholism, Emily's love of all things wild and natural, and Charlotte's struggle to gain and use an education are reflected in their literary output. The books of Currer, Acton, and Ellis Bell-women often used male pseudonyms in order to be published-gained such popularity that the truth about the three sisters astounded their publisher and their eager readers. Although the sisters died tragically young, their lives are a tribute to the power of the imagination to enrich one's own life and those of generations to come. With several recent media adaptations of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights, teen interest should be heightened. The black-and-white original drawings and photographs add richness and depth to the story and remind readers how large a role home their setting played in their poetry and stories. The warm, accessible tone and format show howthese women and their lives created "classics" whose characters resonate with universal human emotions that are truly timeless. Index. Illus. Photos. Biblio. Source Notes. VOYA CODES: 4Q 3P J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Will appeal with pushing; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2002, Lerner, 128p,
— Mary Arnold
School Library Journal
Gr 5-9-Setting the stage with Charlotte and Anne Bront''s 1848 trip to London to correct misconceptions regarding the authorship of their books, this well-documented biography recalls the daily life and experiences of a multitalented family. Liberally illustrated with informative black-and-white photos and reproductions. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822500711
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/30/2002
  • Series: Lerner Biographies Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 1090L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Author's Note 8
1 Setting the Record Straight 11
2 Storyteller 15
3 Cowan Bridge 21
4 The Twelve Soldiers 27
5 Roe Head 33
6 Seeking and Searching 43
7 Brussels and After 53
8 "Never Was Better Stuff Penned" 65
9 "Gone Like Dreams" 83
10 Charlotte Alone 91
11 Charlotte and Mr. Nicholls 103
Epilogue 114
Sources 118
Selected Bibliography 121
Index 124
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