The Brontes

The Brontes

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The story of the tragic Bronte family is familiar to everyone: we all know about the half-mad, repressive father, the drunken, drug-addicted wastrel of a brother, wild romantic Emily, unrequited Anne and 'poor Charlotte'. Or do we?These stereotypes of the popular imagination are precisely that - imaginary - created by amateur biographers from Mrs Gaskell onwards who were primarily novelists, and were attracted by the tale of an apparently doomed family of genius. Juliet Barker's landmark book is the first definitive history of the Brontes. It demolishes myths, yet provides startling new information that is just as compelling - but true. Based on first-hand research among all the Bronte manuscripts, many so tiny they can only be read by magnifying glass, and among contemporary historical documents never before used by Bronte biographers, this book is both scholarly and compulsively readable. The Brontes is a revolutionary new picture of the world's favourite literary family.
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  • Paperback | 1024 pages
  • 136 x 214 x 46mm | 1,110g
  • Weidenfeld & Nicolson History
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Revised
  • 3rd Revised edition
  • 1842125877
  • 9781842125878
  • 1,793,432

About Juliet Barker

Juliet Barker has a D.Phil in history from Oxford University, and was for six years librarian/curator of the Bronte Parsonage Museum at Haworth. She has been involved with all recent research into the Brontes, and has made many major new finds which are revealed for the first time in this book.
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