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The Life of Charlotte Brontė by Elizabeth Gaskell (Halcyon Classics)

The Life of Charlotte Brontė by Elizabeth Gaskell (Halcyon Classics) [Kindle Edition]

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This Halcyon Classics ebook THE LIFE OF CHARLOTTE BRONTË is the first published biography of the life of the English novelist who wrote JANE EYRE under the pen name Currer Bell.

Brontë (1816-1855) completed and published only three novels during her short career (a fourth, THE PROFESSOR, was published shortly after her death). She died pregnant at age 38, possibly from severe dehydration brought on by morning sickness.

Charlotte Brontë's sisters, Anne and Emily and brother Patrick were all authors in their own right, producing several classics of English literature including WUTHERING HEIGHTS (Emily Brontë) and AGNES GREY (Anne Brontë).

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 659 KB
  • Print Length: 297 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Halcyon Press Ltd.; First edition (8 Mar 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.ą r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Factually questionable, but totally riveting. 8 Jan 2013
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Mrs Gaskell's unique account of the life of her dear friend, Charlotte Bronte. She tries to exonerate almost everyone from blame, even the odious Carus Wilson who owned the infamous Cowan Bridege school which presided over the bullying and death of two of the Bronte sisters and very nearly killed off Emily too. Gaskell's description of the landscape and people of mid-nineteenth century Yorkshire are wonderful and she encapsulates the strange life of the brilliant Bronte girls, driving you on to re-read all their novels. A must for any Bronte enthusiast.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Heavy going 21 Jun 2013
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Well I'm ploughing through it but its heavy going. Knowing that Mrs. Gaskell is giving us a very biased view of Charlotte's life doesn't help. I doubt if I'll finish this book. Even though this is the most famous, there are a lot of more interesting books about the lives of the Brontes out there.
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This book is surprisingly easy to read and provides a lot of interesting detail about the life and times of this famous author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very good read 17 May 2013
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The book gives a real insight into the life of the Brontes. As a personal friend of Charlotte Bronte Mrs Gaskell gives a good account of family life and her descriptive style carries the reader along creating a visual landscape to enjoy.

I would reccomend this book if you are a fan of the Brontes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A SAD TALE 8 May 2013
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An interesting and intensely moving account of Charlotte's life by her friend Elizabeth Gaskell.

Based mainly on letters between CB and her friends and publisher.She emerges as slightly introverted and rather shy but at all times a devoted and loving daughter and sister, who suffered greatly during the descent into addiction of her brother Branwell.

Indeed it has to be wondered how much influence Branwell's troubled life had on the cruelly foreshortened lives of his sisters.

What great works would have emerged, particularly from Emily and Anne, had they lived beyond their late twenties. When Anne was seriously ill she told Charlotte she hoped she would recover as she had so many plans and schemes. From the writer of Wuthering heights you have to marvel at what her pen would have produced.

It has to be wondered what other works Charlotte would have produced as at the time of her death she was happier than she had ever been with a loving husband and a baby on the way. Along with Jane Austen she is my great literary heroine and I am more than happy with what she did produce, but again her life was sadly cut short.

One curious omission from the book was any reference to the more romantic element of Charlotte's relationship with the Belgian professor.

P Coxon
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Literature cannot be the business of a woman's life, and it ought not to be. &quote;
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