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Selected letters of Charlotte Brontë

Author: Charlotte Brontë; Margaret Smith
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2007.
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"These letters give an insight into the life of a writer whose novels continue to be bestsellers. They reveal much about Charlotte Bronte's personal life, her family relationships, and the society in which she lived. Many of her early letters are written with vigour, vivacity, and an engaging aptitude for self-mockery. In contrast, her letters to her 'master', the Belgian schoolteacher Constantin Heger, reveal her  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Records and correspondence
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Brontë, Charlotte, 1816-1855.
Selected letters of Charlotte Brontë
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2007
(OCoLC)607900276
Online version:
Brontë, Charlotte, 1816-1855.
Selected letters of Charlotte Brontë
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2007
(OCoLC)608263021
Named Person: Charlotte Brontë; Charlotte Brontë; Charlotte Brontë
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Charlotte Brontë; Margaret Smith
ISBN: 9780199205875 0199205876
OCLC Number: 124948816
Description: xlvi, 259 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: List of letters --
List of illustrations --
List of abbreviations and symbols --
Introduction --
A chronology of Charlotte Brontë --
Biographical notes --
The letters.
Responsibility: Charlotte Brontë ; Margaret Smith, editor.
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"These letters give an insight into the life of a writer whose novels continue to be bestsellers. They reveal much about Charlotte Bronte's personal life, her family relationships, and the society in which she lived. Many of her early letters are written with vigour, vivacity, and an engaging aptitude for self-mockery. In contrast, her letters to her 'master', the Belgian schoolteacher Constantin Heger, reveal her intense, obsessive longing for some response from him. Other letters are deeply moving, when Charlotte endures the agony of her brother's and sisters' untimely deaths." "We learn also of the progress of her writing, including the astonishing success of Jane Eyre, and of her contacts with her publishers, including the young George Smith; and we recognize in her letters the life-experiences which are transmuted into the art of her novels. Contemporary society is described in her letters from London, when she writes of her encounters with famous writers and with critics of her novels. We hear too of her visits to an galleries, operas, and the Great Exhibition of 1851 at the Crystal Palace." "Dramatic letters written in December 1852 convey the 'turbulence of feeling' in the Haworth curate Arthur Nicholls' proposal of marriage to her and in Mr Bronte's violent reaction to it; and we subsequently hear of her secret correspondence with her suitor, her father's eventual consent, and her tragically brief but happy marriage, cut short by her death in March 1855."--BOOK JACKET.

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