The Life of Charlotte Brontë, Volumes I and II
By Elizabeth Gaskell
This is the first biography of the English novelist and poet, the eldest of the three Brontë sisters who is best known for her novel Jane Eyre. Charlotte Brontë (pictured left) was born in 1816, and her sisters Emily and Anne in 1818 and 1820. The sisters decided to open their own school but the project was not successful. Charlotte later decided instead to publish their poetry, written under the pseudonyms of Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell. Charlotte's Jane Eyre, Emily's Wuthering Heights, and Ann's Agnes Grey were then published, still under the pseudonyms. By the mid 1800s, Charlotte was moving in London's literary circles where she met Elizabeth Gaskell. She married The Rev. A. B. Nicholls, curate of Haworth.
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About the Author
Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell (1810 -1865) was another Victorian author and the first edition of the biography was published in 1857. One of the major sources of material for the book was the hundreds of letters sent by Brontë to her friend Ellen Nussey. Gaskell toned down some of the material for fear of legal action. Gaskell also suppressed details of Charlotte's love for Constantin Héger, a married man, and any reference to Charlotte's romance with George Smith, publisher of the biography.