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Charlotte Brontë : a life
Harman, Claire, author.

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[London] UK Viking, an imprint of Penguin Books, 2015.

Physical Description:
xii, 446 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.
Machine generated contents note: 1.Becoming Bronte 1777--1820 -- 2.An Uncivilised Little Place 1820--25 -- 3.The Genii Of The Parsonage 1825--31 -- 4.Among Schoolgirls 1831--5 -- 5.The Double Life 1835--7 -- 6.Labour In Vain 1837--41 -- 7.In A Strange Land 1842 -- 8.The Black Swan 1843 -- 9.Long-Looked-For Tidings 1844--5 -- 10.Walking Invisible 1845--6 -- 11.That Intensely Interesting Novel 1846--8 -- 12.Across The Abyss 1848--9 -- 13.Conquering The Big Babylon 1849--51 -- 14.The Curate's Wife 1851--5.
On the 200th anniversary of Charlotte Bronte's birth, Penguin is publishing the definitive biography of this extraordinary novelist, by acclaimed literary biographer Claire Harman Charlotte Bronte's life contained all the drama and tragedy of the great Gothic novels it inspired. She was raised motherless on remote Yorkshire moors and sent away to brutally strict boarding school at a young age. She watched helpless growing up as, one by one, her five beloved siblings sickened and died; by the end of her short life, she was the only child of the Bronte clan remaining. And most fascinating and tragic of all, throughout her adult life she was haunted by a great and unrequited love - a love that tortured Charlotte but also inspired some of the most moving, intense and revolutionary novels ever written in the English language. Charlotte was a literary visionary, a feminist trailblazer and the driving force behind the whole Bronte family. She encouraged her sister Emily to publish Wuthering Heights when no-one else believed in her talent. She took charge of the family's precarious finances when her brilliant but feckless brother Branwell succumbed to opium addiction. She travelled from Yorkshire to Europe to the bright lights of London, met some of the most brilliant literary minds of her generation (Elizabeth Gaskell, Charles Dickens, William Thackeray), and became a bestselling female author in a world still dominated by men. And in each of her books, from Villette and Shirley to her most famous, Jane Eyre, Charlotte created brand new kinds of heroines, inspired by herself and her life, fiercely intelligent women burning with hidden passions. This beautifully-produced, landmark biography is essential reading for every fan of the Bronte family's writing, from Jane Eyre to Wuthering Heights. It is a uniquely intimate and complex insight into one of Britains best loved writers.

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