The Life of Charlotte Brontë

The Life of Charlotte Brontë

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Elizabeth Gaskell's The Life of Charlotte Bronte (1857) is a pioneering biography of one great Victorian woman novelist by another. Gaskell was a friend of Bronte's and, having been invited to write the official life, determined to both tell the truth and honor her friend. This editioncollates all three previous editions, as well as the manuscript, offering fuller information about the process of writing and a more detailed explanation of the text than any previous edition.
Publisher: London : Dent, 1971
ISBN: 9780460003186
Branch Call Number: 823.8/BROG


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Dec 22, 2016

This is a wonderfully novelistic biography of Charlotte Bronte by a personal friend who is a better writer than Bronte was. Her depiction of the personalities may or may not be objectively true but they are inescapably real despite her Victorian reticence. Bronte may have had more imagination but Gaskell has more verismo.

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