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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


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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 2 covers the publication of Jane Eyre, the death of Charlotte's siblings and her marriage to Arthur Nicholls.

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 (1810-1865) 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, Arthur Bell Nicholls, had asked Nussey to destroy after his wife's death, fearing they would damage her reputation. Volume 2 covers Charlotte's writing of The Professor, the publication of Jane Eyre, the deaths of Branwell, Emily and Anne, the publication of Shirley and Villette, her correspondence with Thackeray, Gaskell and Martineau, and her eventual marriage in 1854 to Nicholls, her father's curate. It concludes with a description of Charlotte's funeral.

Table of Contents

1. Mr. Bronte afflicted with blindness, and relieved by a successful operation for cataract; 2. State of Charlotte Bronte's health at the commencement of 1847; 3. The 'Quarterly Review' on 'Jane Eyre'; 4. Commencement and completion of 'Shirley'; 5. 'Currer Bell' indentified as Miss Bronte at Haworth and the vicinity; 6. An unhealthy spring at Haworth; 7. Visit to Sir J. and Lady Kay Shuttleworth; 8. Intended republication of 'Wuthering Heights' and 'Agnes Grey'; 9. Miss Bronte's visit to Miss Martineau, and estimate of her hostess; 10. Remarks on friendship; 11. Miss Bronte visits Scarborough; 12. The biographer's difficulty; 13. Letters to Mrs. Gaskell on writing fiction, &c.; 14. Mourners at the funeral.

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NLS9781108020510
9781108020510
1108020518
The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
New
Paperback
Cambridge University Press
2010-09-16
340
N/A
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