"Charlotte Bronte: A Fiery Heart" is a moving and intimate portrait of a troubled genius.Blessed with a wealth of new material, this is a beautifully written and exceptionally engaging biography. Charlotte Bronte has a new champion and her name is Claire Harman.
Dr. Amanda Foreman, author of"Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire"
Claire Harman s book captures all of Charlotte Bronte s idiosyncrasies, her brilliance and her oddness, as seen through the mind of a scrupulous and perceptive biographer. Thanks to Harman, we discover Bronte s contradictions and beguilements as she courageously acts on a trust beyond herself, the details of her life forcefully accumulating both mystery and meaning.
Susanna Moore, author of "One Last Look" and "The Life of Objects"
[Harman] vividly portrays a life of loneliness, anguish, tragedy, and suppressed rage in serene and elegant prose with frequent flashes of ironic humor; the underlying scholarship is extensive but never obtrusive. A delightfully engaging biography of a highly talented but deeply troubled prodigy of English literature.
"Kirkus Reviews," starred review
"Fresh, vigorous ...Drawing on prodigious research, both old and new, Harman creates an expert portrait of life at Haworth Parsonage and of its eccentric inhabitants ...In telling Charlotte s story anew, Harman has created a work that will appeal both to readers meeting the Bronte clan for the first time and to those already steeped in their lore."
There s a fire and a fury raging in that little woman, Thackeray observed of Charlotte Bronte. She has a story and a great grief that has gone badly with her. Harman tells the story with quick wit, a sharp sympathy, and a fire and fury of her own.
Frances Wilson, "Evening Standard"
Harman s narration of [the] devastating events [of Charlotte s life] is elegant, sensitive, beautifully paced and moving. She has . . . produced a work that is affirmative, edifying, inspiring and humane.
Matthew Adams, "Sunday Express"
[An] excellent new bicentennial biography . . . Ms. Harman writes with warmth and a fine understanding of Ms. Bronte s literary significance. Above all, she is a storyteller, with a sense of pace and timing, relish for a good scene and a wry sense of humor.
Elegantly written, consistently perceptive . . . [Harman] succeeds in bringing Charlotte back to life in all her spiky vulnerability.
John Preston, "The Daily Mail"
As someone who once wrote a book about the Brontes afterlives, few people can have read as many biographies of them as I have. I thought I was Bronte-ed out, but reading this book which will be equally accessible to someone coming to Charlotte for the first time has drawn me back in.
Lucasta Miller, "The Independent"
Three rounds of applause . . . for Claire Harman s superb retelling of Charlotte s story.
Mark Bostridge, "The Spectator"
Finely judged and authoritative.
A retooled classic biographical narrative, shipshape and serviceable for the next 200 years.
Kathryn Hughes, "The Guardian""show more