In the Footsteps of the Brontes

In the Footsteps of the Brontes

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A few years after Esther Alice Chadwick (fl. 1882-1928) - who wrote under the name Mrs Ellis H. Chadwick - had read a copy of Elizabeth Gaskell's Life of Charlotte Bronte, she moved to a house near the Haworth vicarage where the Bronte family had lived. As a result, Chadwick was able to speak to many people who had known the family, and in 1914 she published this extensive biography of the family. Beginning with the Irish ancestry of the three famous sisters, Charlotte (1816-55), Emily (1818-48) and Anne (1820-49), she traces their short but eventful lives. Chadwick examines their early years and the influence of their father, Patrick, his work in the ministry and the family's time at Haworth. Later chapters are devoted to the sisters' education and their literary output, seeking to understand their extraordinary creativity amid the difficult circumstances of their life.
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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 40 b/w illus.
  • 1139062158
  • 9781139062152

Table of contents

Preface; 1. The Bronte Irish ancestry, 1777-1802; 2. Patrick Bronte's training for the ministry. Cambridge, 1802-5; 3. The Rev. Patrick Bronte at Hartshead, 1811-15; 4. The Rev. Patrick Bronte at Thornton, 1815-20; 5. Haworth, 1820-4; 6. Cowan Bridge, July, 1824-June, 1825; 7. Haworth, 1825-31; 8. Dewsbury, 1831-2; 9. Haworth, Roe Head and Dewsbury Moor, 1832-8; 10. Emily Bronte at Law Hill, Southowram, 1836-9; 11. Charlotte Bronte's offers of marriage, 1839; 12. Branwell Bronte and the curates at Haworth, 1839-42; 13. Anne Bronte; 14. Rawdon, March-December 1841; 15. London, 1842-8; 16. Brussels, January-November 1842; 17. M. and Madame Heger; 18. The Brontes' experience at the Pensionnat; 19. Charlotte Bronte's second year at Brussels; 20. Why Charlotte Bronte left Brussels so abruptly; 21. The attempt to earn a livelihood, 1844-5; 22. The publishing venture, 1845-6; 23. The first Bronte novels, 1845-7; 24. Wuthering Heights; 25. Charlotte and Anne Bronte's visit to London. Death of Branwell and Emily Bronte; 26. Shirley, 1848-9; 27. Death of Anne Bronte, 1849; 28. Charlotte Bronte's visits to London, 1849-50; 29. Charlotte Bronte's first and second visit to the English Lakes, 1850; 30. Charlotte Bronte's sixth visit to London, 1851; 31. Rev. A. B. Nicholls; 32. Charlotte Bronte's engagement, marriage, and death; 33. Memorials; Works by the Brontes; Index.
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