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3.87  ·  Rating details ·  54 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Emily Bronte's incomparable Wuthering Heights is, for many of us, one of our most cherished novels, with the character of Heathcliff being the ultimate romantic hero. It is a work that has bewitched us for almost 200 years. But Emily herself remains an enigmatic, even mysterious figure, often painted unfairly in a negative light. So Emily Bronte Reappraised conjures a new ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published June 15th 2018 by Saraband
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Emily is a perennial conundrum to Brontë fans and biographers alike and for the most part this does seem to be because she willed it so. I have been trying to track down a reliable Emily biography for this year'sBrooding about the Brontësbut had resigned myself to disappointment before I heard of the release ofEmily Brontë Reappraisedwhich from its very title offered a fresh take. Too often dismissed as the weirdest of a trio of weird
Rachel Sutcliffe
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It was so welcome to feel as though author was addressing the reader in 2018 rather than being stuck in a time warp. Reading this felt like a lovely kind friend meets you for coffee and cake and sits down for a chat about Emily. It’s thoroughly researched and fairly presented without bitchiness or bias - no mean feat when it comes to Bronte biography. I learnt new things from this book which I hadn’t from other far longer books. I rarely find Emily’s mysticism fully addressed in any text other ...more
Ben Lovegrove
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A very readable and refreshing attempt to separate the myths from the facts. What people think they know about Emily often comes from Charlotte or Mrs Gaskell who were biased sources, and their opinions were also subject to the values of the society they lived in at the time. So when we are left with the actual facts of Emily’s life, (that which can be verified from other sources) what emerges is a portrait of a strong, independent and practical woman.

I especially enjoyed the chapter about Emily
Sarah  Loves Books and tea
Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a companion to Charlotte Bronte revisited and is written in a very similar style. The first chapter gives a brief biography of Emily while subsequent chapters examine her writing and the inspiration for her writing in great detail. Emily has often been misrepresented by other Bronte biographers but she is portrayed very fairly and sympathetically here and the author is obviously very passionate about her subject. Emily is not my favourite Bronte sister but I appreciate that her writing ...more
Really enjoyed this assessment of all aspects of Emily Bronte. The author is very fair to Emily and it seems that it's long past time that Emily was seen through this viewpoint.
Some of Emily's poetry is included.
One I'd like to read again and I'm now interested in reading the book in this series about Charlotte.
Sally Wragg
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I thought this was an excellent book, with an interesting and plausible slant on the known facts about Emily Bronte and differentiating between that and Bronte mythology so by the end, it leaves the reader with a much clearer picture of the real Emily Bronte. I'd be happy to recommend it.
Kathleen Flynn
I enjoyed this very much. A must-read for any Emily Bronte fan, and full of helpful ideas about what to read next.
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A well written and balanced ‘biography’ of Emily, raises some questions and answers others. Unfortunately there’s a dearth of primary documentation and a lot of what we know of Emily is down to speculation. One thing is sure, Emily is probably the most proficient of the Brontë sisters not just in her poetry but also with the text of Wuthering Heights. I’d recommend reading this if only to avoid some of the heavier biographies which can be tough going.
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book is structured like a poorly written and sparse dissertation, stating the premise before presenting evidence then revisiting with summary and next point. This author argues that we don’t know Emily’s unadulterated self because Charlotte revised her work and reinvented her reputation. But this book offers only more speculation without new evidence beyond the circumstantial. I’m surprised that Emily’s religious views were omitted from the study. I thought that was a big part of her life ...more
Gordon Slack
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Gordon by: I found this book while reviewing Bronte literature on line
An informed and balanced review of Emily Bronte which intelligently addresses many of the myths about her. In particular, a number of the myths which, in my opinion, were so poorly exploited in the very disappointing article a few months ago in the Guardian. A worthwhile read for any fan of this intriguing member of the Bronte family.
Danae Lamond
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Best book I've finished this year. I love Emily Brontë and reading about who she was/could have been makes me devastated that she only ever published one novel. I'll be dreaming about that potential novel for the rest of my life while rereading her poetry and Wuthering Heights again, again and again!
Sharron Brown
Oct 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Interesting read & dispels many myths with a modern perspective. Worthy read for Bronte fans.
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
A very informative read, comes across very objectively and certainly questions what we have been led to believe about Emily
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