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The Juvenilia of Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte (Classics) Mass Market Paperback – 26 Jun 1986

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; Reprint edition (26 Jun. 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140432671
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140432671
  • Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 2 x 17.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 915,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Charlotte Brontë was born at Thornton, Yorkshire in 1816, the third child of Patrick and Maria Brontë. Her father was perpetual curate of Haworth, Yorkshire from 1820 until his death in 1861. Her mother died in 1821, leaving five daughters and a son. Charlotte was employed as a teacher from 1835 to 1838, was subsequently a governess, and in 1842 went with her sister Emily to study languages in Brussels, where during 1843 she again worked as a teacher. Charlotte's first novel, The Professor, was rejected by several publishers and was not published until 1857. Jane Eyre was published in 1847 and achieved immediate success. In 1848 Branwell Brontë died, as did Emily before the end of the same year, and Anne in the following summer, so that Charlotte alone survived of the six children. Charlotte married in 1854 the Revd A. B Nicholls, her father's curate, but died in March 1855.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Mar. 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Juvenilia of Jane Austen and Charlotte Brontë provides an amazing chance to read the early writings of these two great authors. Austen's juvenilia shows a progress from the fantastical, bizarre narratives like 'Henry and Eliza', where characters go on wild adventures, closest relations go unrecognised, and romance and violence go hand-in-hand, through the mock-serious 'Letters', to the more mature 'Catherine, or the Bower'. Signs of engagement with themes which later appear in her full-length novels can be seen even in the earliest writings - human nature, social conventions surrounding marriage, attitudes to reading. Her writing is funny, witty and highly amusing to read. Charlotte Brontë's juvenilia is based on her fantasy land of 'Angria', which seems as real to her as her own home. She creates an intricate kingdom, peopled with characters who change and develop over time. This is especially true of the hero of the piece - the Duke of Zamorna. We follow him though his eventful life as his character alters, and as Brontë's attitude to him changes. One is left with a sense of wonder at the imagination of young Charlotte Brontë, which sustained such an intricate and complex 'play' over a ten year period, and the dedication which lead her to record her mental creations.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Six of wonderful, half a dozen of dull 15 April 2000
By pobble - Published on
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The two parts of this book differ greatly in reader appeal. While packaging the juvenilia of two loved women authors together seems like a good idea, I think the actual works are not particularly compatible. Jane Austen fans will love the sprightly, unrestrained wit of her juvenilia; 'Love and Freindship' in particular is a delightful romp, wickedly satirising the 'novels of sensibility' popular at the time. In contrast, the Bronte stories, which all form part of a series set in a fantasy world created by Charlotte together with her brother Branwell, are obscure and turgid. No doubt this peek at her early writing would be invaluable to a Bronte scholar, but the average reader is likely to lose interest. Particularly in contrast to Austen's lightness and ease of touch, the Bronte works seem clumsy and confusing. Still, the volume is worth buying only for the section on Austen, which is as far as I can tell fairly complete and an absolute must-read for any Austen fan.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The Juvenilia of Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte 29 Jun. 2009
By D. Jean How - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was purchased as a gift. I am a lover of the classics, so it was wonderful to be able to enjoy getting a book that dove a little more into the background of the classic authors in their youths.
2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Bad news for Jane Austen fans 14 July 2006
By Roger Bagula - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Jane Austen is pretty surely damaged by this comparison : much as English novels are by comparison with French.

It would appear that Charlotte Brontë exceeds Jane Austen both in ability and sensibilities even from an early age.

The comparison of style in not in Austen's favor.Charlotte's poetry is as superior as her imagination

and characterizations.

She makes Austen's results appear more comical than realistic: cut out characterizations.

The emotional and lyrical expression of Brontë themes show a great depth of feeling

and understanding of human nature lacking in Austen.
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