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The Oxford Companion to the Bronti'As
     

The Oxford Companion to the Bronti'As

by Christine Alexander, Margaret Smith
 

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The works of Anne, Charlotte, and Emily Brontë are among the best-known in English literature. From the masterly fusion of romance and realism in Wuthering Heights to the passion and drama of Jane Eyre, the works of these three sisters have captured the hearts and imagination of readers everywhere. Their tragic, real-life stories only contribute to the

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The works of Anne, Charlotte, and Emily Brontë are among the best-known in English literature. From the masterly fusion of romance and realism in Wuthering Heights to the passion and drama of Jane Eyre, the works of these three sisters have captured the hearts and imagination of readers everywhere. Their tragic, real-life stories only contribute to the timeless attraction to these three brilliant writers. With The Oxford Companion to the Brontës, Christine Alexander and Margaret Smith provide a comprehensive volume about the lives, works, and reputations of the Brontë sisters, together with their father, Patrick, an author in his own right, and their brother, Branwell who, along with his sister Charlotte, created the imaginary world of Angria. This authoritative guide is organized in an easy-to-use A-Z format, offers extensive cross-referencing, and provides chronologies of the sisters' work, including a list of juvenilia, first line of poems and Brontë art, as well as maps and illustrations for quick, easy study and further research. In addition, the authors offer insight into the publishing history, biographical studies, collectors and museums, book illustrations, and theoretical and critical approaches to the Brontës' writing. The Oxford Companion to the Brontës is a unique and fascinating guide that will appeal to all lovers of English literature.

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"As Brontë scholars, Alexander and Smith are highly qualified to have undertaken this project, and they and the seven other contributors have created a valuable compendium of impeccable scholarship....This excellent guide is the most comprehensive and scholarly reference companion to the Brontës now available. It is highly recommended for all academic libraries and larger public libraries."—Booklist

"A thoroughly detailed and compellingly useful reference book on the Brontes and their age....Essential reading for devotees."—Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198614326
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/31/2006
Series:
Oxford Companion to... Ser.
Pages:
640
Sales rank:
915,827
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 5.80(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Christine Alexander is Professor of English at the University of New South Wales. Her books include the multi-volume Edition of the Early Writings of Charlotte Brontë (1987-91), The Art of the Brontës (1995), and the British-academy prize-winning book The Early Writings of Charlotte Brontë (1982). She has also published widely on gothic literature, Jane Austen, critical editing, literary juvenilia, and landscape gardening. Margaret Smith is Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Research in Arts and Social Sciences, University of Birmingham. She has edited many of the Brontës' works, including The Professor, Jane Eyre, Shirley, Villette, and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, and the Brontë letters.

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