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The Brontes: A Life in Letters [Paperback]

Charlotte Bronte , Juliet Barker
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5 Nov 1998
A collection of the Brontes' letters. These cover Charlotte's chatty notes to school friends, and her unrequited passion for Monsieur Hedger; Patrick's humourous love letters to his wife; and notes from Bramwell, Emily and Anne.

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Viking; New edition edition (5 Nov 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670878677
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670878673
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.2 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 710,950 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful insight to the Brontes 2 Jun 2004
I love this book. Its got the main letters that record the lives of the Bronte family. There are even pictures in it. Its great value for money, and its nice to hold a bit of real history in your hands. The letters make for fascinating and at times sad reading. I think its a great buy for all Bronte fans or those that like reading historical letters/true accounts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Observing the Brontes 21 Jan 2010
The book provides the reader with an opportunity to observe the Brontes in real time as the events and circumstances that shaped their lives are taking place. Excellent when read alongside Juliet Barker's other book: The Brontes (London: Weidenfield & Nicolson, 1994), which fills in the details of the wider story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tragically Beautiful Lives 6 Mar 2010
By anon.
A wonderful book - it was incredible to feel so intimate and connected to the Brontes. The revelations about their characters were incredible, especially their father, who was so often wrongly represented. Barker's commentary was just right, too. I would absolutely recommend this to anyone who more than a passing interest in the family.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 6 Mar 2014
By banks10
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I'm using this book as research for my dissertation; its full of useful information and pictures. It'd be good just to read for fans of the brontes.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Lots of Charlotte - not enough Juliet! 19 Aug 1999
By A Customer
I loved listening to the voice of the Brontes, their friends and contemporaries shine through these letters and notes, but I wanted to be accompanied a little more closely by more of the insight and understanding that the author brought to "The Brontes". The subjects remained distant figures throughout this book. I wasn't allowed to be involved. In a way, this book is worse than a really bad biography: hearing the voices of Charlotte & co coming through so clearly but feeling they're just out of reach is actually more tantalising than not feeling you got anywhere near them at all.
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