THE LIFE OF CHARLOTTE BRONTE


THE LIFE OF CHARLOTTE BRONTE

ELIZABETH GASKELL    Book Number: 56221    Product format: Paperback

In devoting two years of her own life to 'The Life of Charlotte Brontë', Elizabeth Gaskell wrote what with good reason has been held up as ‘the first successful biography of a woman by a woman’. Charlotte Brontë (1816-55) was her ‘dear friend’, and a writer by whom she felt anticipated, echoed, complemented, and inspired. 'The Life of Charlotte Brontë' begins as an act of friendship but becomes a great work of literature in its own right. The tale that Gaskell tells is full of dramatic contrasts: Brontë’s life of claustrophobic confinement in a Yorkshire parsonage belied by the heights of imagination to which she was able to soar in her writing; the ‘extraordinary genius’ that seemed to have touched her whole family set against the intense suffering that was also visited upon them. In the same year, 1857, Gaskell produced two different versions of the Life. This edition reprints the earlier, and more hard-hitting, of the two. 448pp. Paperback.
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ISBN 9781840225648
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