The Oxford Companion to the Brontës: Anniversary edition

The Oxford Companion to the Brontës: Anniversary edition

by Christine Alexander, Margaret Smith

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Overview

This special edition of The Oxford Companion to the Brontës commemorates the bicentenary of Emily Brontë's birth in July 1818 and provides comprehensive and detailed information about the lives, works, and reputations of the Brontës - the three sisters Charlotte, Emily, and Anne, their father, and their brother Branwell. Expanded entries surveying the Brontës' lives and works are supplemented by entries on friends and acquaintances, pets, literary and political heroes; on the places they knew and the places they imagined; on their letters, drawings and paintings; on historical events such as Chartism, the Peterloo Massacre, and the Ashantee Wars; on exploration, slavery, and religion. Selected entries on the characters and places in the Brontë juvenilia provide a glimpse into their early imaginative worlds, and entries on film, ballet, and musicals indicate the extent to which their works have inspired others. A new foreword to the text has been also penned by Claire Harman, award-winning writer and literary critic, and recent biographer of Charlotte Brontë. This is a unique and authoritative reference book for the research student and the general reader. The A-Z format, extensive cross-referencing, classified contents, chronologies, illustrations, and maps, both facilitate quick reference and encourage further exploration. This Companion is not only invaluable for quick searches, but a delight to browse, and an inspiration to further reading.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780192551719
Publisher: OUP Oxford
Publication date: 04/12/2018
Series: Oxford Companions
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 640
File size: 7 MB

About the Author

Christine Alexander is Emeritus Scientia Professor of English at the University of New South Wales, Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, and general editor of the Juvenilia Press. Her books include the multi-volume Edition of the Early Writings of Charlotte Brontë, the co-authored The Art of the Brontës, The BrontÃ'sâ Tales of Glass Town, Angria, and Gondal: Selected Early Writings, Jane Austen's Love and Friendship and Other Youthful Writings, and the British Academy prize-winning book The Early Writings of Charlotte Brontë. She has also published widely on gothic literature, critical editing, literary juvenilia, and landscape gardening, and has co-edited The Child Writer from Austen to Woolf. Margaret Smith was formerly Honorary Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Research in Arts and Social Science, University of Birmingham, and a Vice-President of the Brontë Society. She has edited many of the Brontës' works, including The Professor, Jane Eyre, Shirley, Villette, and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, and The Letters of Charlotte Brontë.

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Editors and Contributors
Classified Contents List
Abbreviations
Chronology
Maps
Note to the Reader
THE OXFORD COMPANION TO THE BRONTES: A-Z
Dialect and Obsolete Words
Bibliography

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