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Charlotte and Emily Brontë: Literary Lives
This new book on the Brontes concentrates on the way in which the literary interests and expressions of Charlotte and Emily were built up. It makes use of recent research into background and reading matter to investigate the development of the authors' poetry and novels.
Paperback, 144 pages
Published September 1st 1994 by St. Martin's Press
(first published August 1994)
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Slightly better than The Brontes, Oxford World's Classics Series, by Patricia Ingham, which is now my gold standard (or should I say lead standard?) for Terrible Books about the Brontes. This one is written in a rather old-fashioned flowery style, with some good details here and there but also some raging inaccuracies (such as Charlotte dying of tuberculosis), and its title is confusing: Charlotte inevitably gets the most attention, since we have more of her letters, novels, and juvenilia, but ...more