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Charlotte Brontë : a fiery heart

Author: Claire Harman
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2016. ©2015
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : English : First United States editionView all editions and formats
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"A groundbreaking biography that places an obsessive, unrequited love at the heart of the writer's life story, transforming her from the tragic figure we have previously known into a smoldering Jane Eyre. Famed for her beloved novels, Charlotte Brontë has been known as well for her insular, tragic family life. The genius of this biography is that it delves behind this image to reveal a life in which loss and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Electronic books
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Harman, Claire, author.
Charlotte Brontë.
(DLC) 2015028359
(OCoLC)914445674
Named Person: Charlotte Brontë; Charlotte Brontë
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Claire Harman
ISBN: 9780307962096 0307962091
OCLC Number: 944030339
Notes: "This is a Borzoi book."
"Originally published in hardcover in Great Britain by Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House Ltd., London, in 2015"--Title page verso.
Description: 1 online resource : facsimiles, illustrations, portraits (some color)
Responsibility: Claire Harman.

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"A groundbreaking biography that places an obsessive, unrequited love at the heart of the writer's life story, transforming her from the tragic figure we have previously known into a smoldering Jane Eyre. Famed for her beloved novels, Charlotte Brontë has been known as well for her insular, tragic family life. The genius of this biography is that it delves behind this image to reveal a life in which loss and heartache existed alongside rebellion and fierce ambition. Harman seizes on a crucial moment in the 1840's when Charlotte worked at a girls' school in Brussels and fell hopelessly in love with the husband of the school's headmistress. Her torment spawned her first attempts at writing for publication, and he haunts the pages of every one of her novels--he is Rochester in Jane Eyre, Paul Emanuel in Villette. Another unrequited love--for her publisher--paved the way for Charlotte to enter a marriage that ultimately made her happier than she ever imagined. Drawing on correspondence unavailable to previous biographers, Claire Harman establishes Brontë the heroine of her own story, one as dramatic and triumphant as one of her own novels"--

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