Multiple copy pack
Published two years after the novelist's death, this two-volume work is the first and perhaps the best-known of the many biographies of the Brontë family. Written by the novelist Elizabeth Gaskell (1810–1865) the book was instrumental in the creation of the Brontës' public image as a family set apart by literary genius and personal tragedy. Gaskell's 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 covers Charlotte's life up until the publication of her poems under the pseudonym Currer Bell in 1846. Volume 2 covers the publication of Jane Eyre, the death of Charlotte's siblings and her marriage to Arthur Bell Nicholls.
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- Date Published: September 2010
- format: Multiple copy pack
- isbn: 9781108020527
- dimensions: 216 x 140 x 42 mm
- weight: 0.98kg
- contains: 3 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Description of Keighley and its neighbourhood
2. Characteristics of Yorkshiremen
3. The Rev. Patrick Brontë
4. Miss Branwell comes to Haworth
5. The old servant Tabby
6. Personal description of Charlotte Brontë
7. Charlotte Brontë leaves school, and returns home to instruct her sisters
8. Charlotte as teacher at Miss Wooler's school
9. Branwell Brontë still at home
10. Second experience of governess life
11. Mr. Brontë 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. Volume 2:
1. Mr. Brontë afflicted with blindness, and relieved by a successful operation for cataract
2. State of Charlotte Brontë'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 Brontë 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 Brontë's visit to Miss Martineau, and estimate of her hostess
10. Remarks on friendship
11. Miss Brontë 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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