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The Brontës

Author: Juliet R V Barker
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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The tragic story of the Bronte family is well known, replete with a half-mad father, a wastrel of a brother, and three uniquely gifted - and oppressed - sisters. But beyond these familiar details, the Brontes' story has remained largely obscure. This landmark book is the first definitive history of this fascinating family. Based on eleven years of research among newly discovered letters by every member of the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Named Person: Brontë family.; Anne Brontë; Charlotte Brontë; Emily Brontë; Brontë, Familie; Anne Brontë; Charlotte Brontë; Emily Brontë; Brontë family.
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Juliet R V Barker
ISBN: 0312134452 9780312134457 0312145551 9780312145552
OCLC Number: 32701664
Notes: "A Thomas Dunne book."
"First published in Great Britain by Weidenfeld and Nicolson."
Description: xx, 1003 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: An Ambitious Man --
The Promised Land --
Good Friends and Kind Neighbours --
A Stranger in a Strange Land --
Charity-Children --
Scribblemania --
Emulation Rewarded --
ngrians Arise! --
The Infernal World --
Losing Battles --
Slavery --
Patrick Boanerges --
Wish for Wings --
Isolated in the Midst of Numbers --
Monsieur Heger --
Mrs. Robinson --
The Book of Rhymes --
Three Tales --
The Shadow in the House --
Stripped and Bereaved --
No Longer Invisible --
The Society of Clever People --
Running Away from Home --
Villette --
Tomkins Triumphant --
So Happy --
Saintinless, Treason and Plot --
The End of All.
Responsibility: Juliet Barker.

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The tragic story of the Bronte family is well known, replete with a half-mad father, a wastrel of a brother, and three uniquely gifted - and oppressed - sisters. But beyond these familiar details, the Brontes' story has remained largely obscure. This landmark book is the first definitive history of this fascinating family. Based on eleven years of research among newly discovered letters by every member of the family, original manuscripts, and the newspapers of that time, it gives a new and fuller picture of the Brontes' lives from beginning to end and, in the process, demolishes many myths. The father, Patrick, was not, as commonly believed, the cold patriarch of a family of victims. Charlotte, ruthlessly self-willed, ran roughshod over her sisters and went so far as to alter or destroy their manuscripts when she disapproved. Emily was so psychologically and physically dependent on her fantasy life that she could not survive in the outside world. Anne, widely regarded as the gentlest of the sisters, had a core of steel and was a more daring and revolutionary author than Charlotte. Branwell, the adored brother, was a talented poet who provided much of Charlotte's inspiration.

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