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Miss Miles: Or, a Tale of Yorkshire Life 60 Years Ago

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The close friendship between Charlotte Bronte and Mary Taylor began in boarding school and lasted for the rest of their lives. It was Mary Taylor, in fact, who inspired Bronte to leave her oppressive parsonage home and go to Brussels, the eventual setting for her novel, Villette. Mary herself led a much less restricted life, especially in her later years as a feminist essa ...more
Published September 1st 1990 by Oxford University Press, USA
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In 1985, because of the musical Amadeus, the Mostly Mozart festival was mostly devoted to Salieri. One of the announcers commented that most people thought that Salieri was a second-rate composer, and Mozart was a genius. Whereas in fact, the announcer pointed out, Salieri was a FIRST-rate composer...and Mozart was a genius.

This book is likely to suffer under the same onerous comparisons. The Brontes were geniuses. Mary Taylor was a very good writer. Charlotte Bronte had very few friends (but th
The novel, by one of Charlotte Brontë's closest friends, traces the lives of four women - Sarah (the "Miss Miles" of the title), Maria, Dora, and Amelia - focusing particularly on their efforts to gain economic independence and thus on women's role in society. I thought that perhaps fewer heroines would have improved the plot, as it was a little confusing to be constantly switching viewpoints and plot threads. However, it was extremely refreshing to read a Victorian novel that actually showed wo ...more
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Mar 06, 2012 Austen to Zafón marked it as to-read
WHY: feminist tale written by friend of Charlotte Bronte.
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This book has been my discovery of #BroodingabouttheBrontës - while I knew that Mary Taylor had been one of Charlotte Brontë's two best friends (the other being Ellen Nussey), I had had no idea that she had written a book. While Ellen Nussey very much made being Charlotte's friend her raison d'être, Mary Taylor was clear on having her own life and so her novel is a work set entirely apart from that of the Brontës but serve
Nov 15, 2011 Leslie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Gaskell,Bronte,Dickens and/or Austen fans
What a lovely book. What a wonderful writer to have only written this one, precious book. It is so complete. The characters are so developed as to leap off the page. I was enthralled, engrossed and enchanted. The story is complex but not difficult to follow. The lives of a handful of 19th century Yorkshire women are examined as they face what life sends them. There will be feminists who will lay claim to this as their own but I detected no man hating bitterness at all. The lives of the women are ...more
Dec 17, 2008 Eileen rated it really liked it
Shelves: britlit
Quite good, in spite of the incendiary back cover insinuation that perhaps, gasp gasp, this was actually Charlotte Bronte's last work, since she was friends with Mary Taylor for most of her life! This is certainly not at all by Charlotte Bronte. No way. While it does get to more of the social and class issues of the Victorian era, like Shirley, the tone is clearly Mary Taylor's own.

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One of the heroines is the only one ever to slap the man she ends up with because she thinks he's not treating her very well. For that, it earns a place in my favorites.
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