The Brontes: Interviews and Recollections

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A great deal of what we know about the Brontës has come not from the Brontës themselves but from local tradition, inhabitants of the places associated with them, friends and acquaintances, journalists, other novelists, publishers, and even the most casual of visitors to the Haworth Parsonage. Because this extraordinary family left behind such sketchy documentation, the testimonies in Harold Orel's admirable anthology will go far toward satisfying readers interested in the question of how a family living in so ...

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Overview

A great deal of what we know about the Brontës has come not from the Brontës themselves but from local tradition, inhabitants of the places associated with them, friends and acquaintances, journalists, other novelists, publishers, and even the most casual of visitors to the Haworth Parsonage. Because this extraordinary family left behind such sketchy documentation, the testimonies in Harold Orel's admirable anthology will go far toward satisfying readers interested in the question of how a family living in so small and remote a community were able to produce some of the most heartfelt, original, and striking literature of the nineteenth century.

The Brontës: Interviews and Recollections includes forty selections from books and periodicals—many of them never reprinted before in their entirety—which cast light upon the personalities and activities of the Reverend Patrick Brontë; his son, Branwell; and his three daughters, Charlotte, Emily, and Anne. Arranged chronologically, the volume begins with T. Wemyss Reid's recollections of “the little family” of the Brontës and ends with C. Holmes Cautley's interviews with “old Haworth folk who knew the Brontës.” Among the many contributors are William Makepeace Thackeray, Harriet Martineau, Elizabeth Gaskell, and the Brontës themselves.

This lively gathering will both correct and put into perspective some of the many romanticized anecdotes and regrettably distorted biographies of the members of this famous family. It will enhance our appreciation of their imaginative and widely read novels, which collectively may have no peer in the annals of English literature.

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An anthology of 40 selections from books and periodicals, many never reprinted before in their entirety, offering accounts of the life of the Bront<:e> sisters and their extended family. Material is arranged chronologically. Authors include William Makepeace Thackeray, Harriet Martineau, Elizabeth Gaskell, and the Bront<:e>s themselves. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780877455370
  • Publisher: University of Iowa Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1996
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 230
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
"The Little Family" of the Brontes (1829-1849) 1
A Strange Occurrence at the Parsonage 8
Charlotte, Emily, and Miss Wonder (1831-1838) 10
Reminiscences of Charlotte Bronte (1831-1855) 13
A Diary Note - No. 1 (1834) 31
A Letter to the Editor of Blackwood's Magazine (1835) 33
A Letter to William Wordsworth (1837) 35
A Diary Note - No. 2 (1837) 37
Charlotte Bronte as a Governess (1839) 38
The Changing Moods of Branwell Bronte (1840-1841) 39
A Diary Note - No. 3 (1841) 42
Charlotte and the White Family of Rawdon (1841) 43
A Diary Note - No. 4 (1841) 44
The Decline and Fall of Branwell Bronte (1841-1848) 46
An Early Acquaintance (1842) 59
A Boarding School for Young Ladies (1844) 61
Four Letters to M. Heger (1844-1845) 62
A Diary Note - No. 5 (1845) 71
A Diary Note - No. 6 (1845) 73
The Thorp Green Affair (1845) 75
A Personal Impression of Charlotte Bronte (1847-1849) 83
Charlotte Bronte (1847-1855) 85
Impressions of Charlotte Bronte (1847-1853) 105
'The Last Sketch' Introduction to Emma, by Charlotte Bronte (1845-1855) 108
Letters from New Zealand to Charlotte Bronte (1848-1855) 110
Letter to the Reverend David Thom (1848) 120
Charlotte Bronte's Reaction to Criticism (1849) 122
Letters about Charlotte and Her Marriage (1849-1854) 127
Biographical Notice of Ellis and Action Bell (1850) 133
Letters about Charlotte Bronte (1850-1855) 141
Charlotte Bronte's Appearance (1850) 160
Personal Reminiscences: A Day with Charlotte Bronte (1850) 161
A Party for Charlotte Bronte (1850-1851) 170
A "Stroller's" Interview with Charlotte Bronte (1851) and 'Martha Brown' (1898) 172
An Offer of a Living to Mr Nicholls (1854) 179
Two Autobiographical Letters Sent to Mrs Gaskell (1855) 181
Charlotte Bronte's Husband. His Later Life and Surroundings (1855-1906) 185
A Winter-Day at Haworth (1867) 191
What Charlotte Bronte Meant to an Eton Schoolboy (1867) 203
Old Haworth Folk Who Knew the Brontes (1910) 205
Index 215
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