The Brontes: Charlotte Bronte and Her Family

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"A fresh and modern view of Charlotte Bronte—as a woman searching for love and as a writer who helped change society's perceptions about her sex. Her moving, eloquent portrait will interest not only Bronte devotees but all contemporary women."—Kirkus Reviews

They were shy and socially awkward, but when Charlotte and Jane Bronte expressed themselves in print, they revolutionized writing. Using recently uncovered sources and a societal perspective, Fraser has created a unique portrait of the two ...

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Overview

"A fresh and modern view of Charlotte Bronte—as a woman searching for love and as a writer who helped change society's perceptions about her sex. Her moving, eloquent portrait will interest not only Bronte devotees but all contemporary women."—Kirkus Reviews

They were shy and socially awkward, but when Charlotte and Jane Bronte expressed themselves in print, they revolutionized writing. Using recently uncovered sources and a societal perspective, Fraser has created a unique portrait of the two sisters and their family. 16-page photograph insert.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This compelling biography sets Charlotte Bronte in her rightful place as the central figure in a remarkable and gifted family. Fraser gives a full account of the parents, home, teachers, publishers, friends, fellow writers and finally the husband of the woman who chose the masculine nom-de-plume ``Currer Bell.'' The writings of Emily (``Ellis Bell'') and Anne (``Action'') are described and evaluated, as are the unpublished effusions of their wastrel brother Branwell. But the main emphasis is on Jane Eyre and Charlotte Bronte's other books, for which she was praised for literary skill, imagination and insightand castigated for ``coarseness'' and ``unwomanliness'' because of her insistence on depicting women with feelings as powerful and legitimate as those of men. This analysis of what was then called ``woman's place'' and how that stereotype has evolved and changed is a valuable feature of the book. In Fraser's scholarly and sympathetic telling, the sorrows, losses and hardships of the Bronte family, familiar to many, form a moving backdrop for the last survivor of six children who holds an enduring place among the immortals of English literature. Illustrations not seen by PW. (Nov.)
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YA-- A detailed, comprehensive study of the Bronte family that shows the thorough research that went into it. This book contains many suggestions for the origins of characters, plots, and locations which both Emily and Charlotte used in their writing. It gives a wonderful but sad look at the society of the day as reflected in the lives of these educated yet poor sisters. Documentation and detailed notes are included.-- Barbara Weathers, Duchesne Academy, Houston
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780517564387
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/20/1988
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 543

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