A Chainless Soul: A Life of Emily Brontë
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A Chainless Soul: A Life of Emily Brontë

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The most gifted of her famous, troubled family, Emily Bronte has too often been portrayed in "storm-tossed, sentimental" biographies, according to Katherine Frank. Now Frank presents a startling new interpretation: pledged to self-denial and social isolation, Emily starved herself, contributing to her wild imagination. 16-page insert.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published January 28th 1992 by Ballantine Books
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I always feel a certain amount of voyeuristic guilt in reading biographies, particularly those of private people. Any woman whose last words were "If you will send for a doctor, I will see him now." clearly knew what she wanted out of life, and what Emily Bronte wanted was to be left alone.

In the Biographical Notice of Ellis And Acton Bell, Charlotte comments "My sister Emily was not a person of demonstrative character, nor one, on whose mind and feelings, even those nearest and dearest to her...more
Excellent book! I can't believe that all that information could fit in 272 pages. I'm a big fan of Emily so I wasn't quite sure what to expect. Katherine Frank presents her new insight into Emily-- a victim of anorexia nervosa and social isolation which, Frank believed, helped her write stories with a wild imagination. I don't know if I totally agree with that. I think that losing her brother was devastating to Emily, which would cause her to lose interest in her diet. I also believe that her Ch...more
Melinda Jane Harrison
Liked it. Wanted more. But there isn't anymore as she left behind no papers. A shame and yet maybe that is the best. Wuthering Heights will always be that great fierce fairytale about desire anger and the intergration of the self. I am awed.
Having found myself on a "Bronte-kick", I turned to Katherine Frank's telling of Emily Bronte's life. Not nearly as academic as Edward Chitham's attempt, this book was much easier and more rounded. Mr. Chitham's account seemed painstakingly intent on pouring over every inch of Emily's poems, looking for clues but never really confident to fully exclaim a belief over the potential facets of her life.
Here, thanks to Ms. Franks, Emily is more accessible. Interestingly enough, the author does not sh...more
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I'm dubious, yet obsessed.
Awesome... Simply superb...
Loved the book so much, Emily Bronte lived a good life, though it may not seem that way to many...
i wish that one day, i will write as well as Emily Bronte...

Loved it..... writing style was good as well...
Beautiful, in depth biography of the entire Brontë family. At first I didn't like how selfish and spiteful the author made Emily out to be, but all in all the book was wonderful.
As anyone who has read Wuthering Heights probably has guessed, Emily Bronte was an unusual woman, with a rather tortured inner life. This bio explains her strange life.
Insightful, but I haven't read any other biography on the Bronte's to judge it properly. Frank's writing gets a little tedious in places and vague in others.
Kate Krz
Very well written. Convincingly authentic, well researched - brought Emily and her family back to life for me!
Rick Haag
Loved it. If you are a fan of the Brontes, you will enjoy this book. I could not put it down.
This non-fiction biography reads like a novel. Absolutely fascinating! Great read!
Jola Cora
So inspiring, yet again...
Intriguing. Not sure I buy all the interpertations of personality
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