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The Life of Charlotte Bronte Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell

The Life of Charlotte Bronte By Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell

The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell


Summary

Gaskell's The Life of Charlotte Bronte, the first of many biographies of the Brontes, helped to establish the family's public image as a dynasty characterised by literary genius and personal tragedy. Volume 1 covers Charlotte's life up until the publication of her poems under the pseudonym Currer Bell in 1846.

The Life of Charlotte Bronte Summary

The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell

Published two years after the novelist's death, this two-volume work is the first and the best-known of the many biographies of the Bronte family. Written by the novelist Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-65), the book was instrumental in the creation of the Brontes' public image as a family set apart by literary genius and personal tragedy. Gaskell's chief source for the biography was some 350 letters between Charlotte and her friend Ellen Nussey, letters which Charlotte's husband had asked Nussey to destroy after his wife's death, fearing they would damage her reputation. Volume 1 consists of 14 chapters and covers the Bronte ancestry, Charlotte's time at school and as a governess, her juvenilia, the 'deplorable conduct' of her laudanum-addicted brother Branwell, and the publication of her poems, along with those of her sisters Anne and Emily, in the volume Poems by Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell in 1846.

Table of Contents

1. Description of Keighley and its neighbourhood; 2. Characteristics of Yorkshiremen; 3. The Rev. Patrick Bronte; 4. Miss Branwell comes to Haworth; 5. The old servant Tabby; 6. Personal description of Charlotte Bronte; 7. Charlotte Bronte leaves school, and returns home to instruct her sisters; 8. Charlotte as teacher at Miss Wooler's school; 9. Branwell Bronte still at home; 10. Second experience of governess life; 11. Mr. Bronte accompanies his daughters to Brussels; 12. Charlotte returns to Brussels; 13. Plan of school-keeping revived and abandoned; 14. Publication of the poems of Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell.

Additional information

NLS9781108020503
9781108020503
110802050X
The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
New
Paperback
Cambridge University Press
2010-09-16
368
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