The Bronte Myth

The Bronte Myth

by Lucasta Miller
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The Bronte Myth by Lucasta Miller

In a brilliant combination of biography, literary criticism, and history, The Bronté Myth shows how Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Bronté became cultural icons whose ever-changing reputations reflected the obsessions of various eras.

When literary London learned that Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights had been written by young rural spinsters, the Brontés instantly became as famous as their shockingly passionate books. Soon after their deaths, their first biographer spun the sisters into a picturesque myth of family tragedies and Yorkshire moors. Ever since, these enigmatic figures have tempted generations of readers–Victorian, Freudian, feminist–to reinterpret them, casting them as everything from domestic saints to sex-starved hysterics. In her bewitching “metabiography,” Lucasta Miller follows the twists and turns of the phenomenon of Bront-mania and rescues these three fiercely original geniuses from the distortions of legend.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400078356
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/04/2005
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 660,440
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Lucasta Miller was educated at Oxford. She was the deputy literary editor of The Independent. Her articles and critcism have appeared in The Times, The Times Literary Supplement, The Independent, and The Sunday Telegraph.

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Bronte Myth 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
dearreaderCT More than 1 year ago
Lucasta Miller does an excellent job of clearing the clutter that surrounds the Bronte family and Howarth Parsonage and tells us a much more compelling and complex story. Not to be missed by any Bronte fan, and the book casts a refreshing light on familiar stories. Excellent.