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Anne Brontë

Author: Maria H Frawley
Publisher: New York : Twayne Publishers ; London : Prentice Hall International, ©1996.
Series: Twayne's English authors series, TEAS 518.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"And none can hear my secret call / Or see the silent tears I weep!" These words from Anne Bronte's poem "The Doubter's Prayer" address the dual function of secrecy and silence, two of several key ideas explored in Bronte's prose and poetry. Secrecy, silence, isolation, and exile are all interrelated notions that her characters, like Bronte herself, not only struggled with but embraced. Like her fictional and poetic
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Frawley, Maria H., 1961-
Anne Brontë
New York : Twayne Publishers ; London : Prentice Hall International, c1996
(OCoLC)604546577
Named Person: Anne Brontë; Anne Brontë
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Maria H Frawley
ISBN: 0805770607 9780805770605
OCLC Number: 34412295
Description: xiv, 171 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Contents: Ch. 1. "A Silent Invalid Stranger": Dilemmas of Identity in the Works of Anne Bronte --
Ch. 2. "At the Foot of a Secret Sinai": Anne Bronte's Life --
Ch. 3. "The Language of My Inmost Heart": Anne Bronte's Poetics of Interiority --
Ch. 4. "An Alien among Strangers": The Governess as Narrator in Agnes Grey --
Ch. 5. "The Fair Unknown": Privacy and Personhood in The Tenant of Wildfell Hall --
Ch. 6. "A Close and Resolute Dissembler": Self-Representation and Anne Bronte's Artistry.
Series Title: Twayne's English authors series, TEAS 518.
Responsibility: Maria H. Frawley.

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"And none can hear my secret call / Or see the silent tears I weep!" These words from Anne Bronte's poem "The Doubter's Prayer" address the dual function of secrecy and silence, two of several key ideas explored in Bronte's prose and poetry. Secrecy, silence, isolation, and exile are all interrelated notions that her characters, like Bronte herself, not only struggled with but embraced. Like her fictional and poetic characters, Anne Bronte contended with the impact of physical and psychological confinement on one's identity, even describing herself in one of her last letters as a "silent invalid stranger." Her self-assessment was echoed by others who knew her, among them her sister Charlotte, who once described her as woman who "covered her mind, and especially her feelings, with a sort of nun-like veil.".

Anne Bronte, a new book in the Twayne English Authors Series, challenges the assumption that such labels point to artistic or personal weaknesses on Bronte's part. Rather, Maria Frawley, the author of previous studies of Victorian women writers, relates them to Bronte's life experiences and to her ongoing interest in self-understanding, self-representation, and social identity. Within Bronte's writings, Frawley examines a distinction between the characters' private and public selves and analyzes Bronte's understanding of the social construction of identities. Unique in Bronte family studies, this book acknowledges Anne's relationship to her more famous sisters but focuses on her individual artistic and intellectual achievements.

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