Charlotte Brontë

Charlotte Brontë On The Th Anniversary Of Charlotte Bront S Birth, Penguin Is Publishing The Definitive Biography Of This Extraordinary Novelist, By Acclaimed Literary Biographer Claire HarmanCharlotte Bront S Life Contained All The Drama And Tragedy Of The Great Gothic Novels It Inspired She Was Raised Motherless On Remote Yorkshire Moors And Sent Away To Brutally Strict Boarding School At A Young Age She Watched Helpless Growing Up As, One By One, Her Five Beloved Siblings Sickened And Died By The End Of Her Short Life, She Was The Only Child Of The Bront Clan Remaining And Most Fascinating And Tragic Of All, Throughout Her Adult Life She Was Haunted By A Great And Unrequited Love A Love That Tortured Charlotte But Also Inspired Some Of The Most Moving, Intense And Revolutionary Novels Ever Written In The English LanguageCharlotte Was A Literary Visionary, A Feminist Trailblazer And The Driving Force Behind The Whole Bront Family She Encouraged Her Sister Emily To Publish Wuthering Heights When No One Else Believed In Her Talent She Took Charge Of The Family S Precarious Finances When Her Brilliant But Feckless Brother Branwell Succumbed To Opium Addiction She Travelled From Yorkshire To Europe To The Bright Lights Of London, Met Some Of The Most Brilliant Literary Minds Of Her Generation Elizabeth Gaskell, Charles Dickens, William Thackeray , And Became A Bestselling Female Author In A World Still Dominated By Men And In Each Of Her Books, From Villette And Shirley To Her Most Famous, Jane Eyre, Charlotte Created Brand New Kinds Of Heroines, Inspired By Herself And Her Life, Fiercely Intelligent Women Burning With Hidden PassionsThis Beautifully Produced, Landmark Biography Is Essential Reading For Every Fan Of The Bront Family S Writing, From Jane Eyre To Wuthering Heights It Is A Uniquely Intimate And Complex Insight Into One Of Britain S Best Loved Writers This Is The Literary Biography Of The Year If You Loved Claire Tomalin S Charles Dickens, This Event Is Not To Be Missed

Claire Harman began her career in publishing, at Carcanet Press and the poetry magazine PN Review, where she was co ordinating editor.Her first book, a biography of the writer Sylvia Townsend Warner, was published in 1989 and won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize for a writer of growing stature under the age of 35 She has since published biographies of Fanny Burney and Robert Louis Stevenson and ed

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  • Hardcover
  • 464 pages
  • Charlotte Brontë
  • Claire Harman
  • English
  • 22 October 2019
  • 9780670922260

10 thoughts on “Charlotte Brontë

  1. says:

    Reading this biography was like being punched in the gut over and over Charlotte was a revolutionary, a catalyst for change, not only in fiction, but also in how people perceive others I am so moved by the Bront s story that I feel I have been forever changed I swear I will visit you one day Charlotte and weep at your grave, my soul sister 3 okay, that was a little dramatic, but GUYS SRSLY.

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    Some life stories are so canonical that they don t bear retelling, so much as demand it That s why every 20 years or so, we get a new biography of Charlotte Bront , the patron saint of every bookish brown mouse who has ever screamed silently to the world, One day you will notice me and be dazzled by my sun Charlotte Bront A Fiery Heart is by turns charming, devastating, heartbreaking, and exciting Claire Harman has meticulously researched the life of the Bront family, and of Charlotte in particular, and brought them to life for 21st century readers Harman has an extraordinary knack for evoking the triumphs, frustrations, and prickly contradictions of Charlotte s character Her portrait of the Bront family, in all its dysfunction, is both pointed and poignant In the books final pages, I both celebrated the life, and grieved the loss of this extraordinary woman I get to know a person who both longed to be forever known, but clung to anonymity in order to achieve it a woman much concerned about truthfulness than personal fame and someone who felt compelled to put into words her own terrible sufferings most notably her bereavements and her agonizing unrequited love as being the only way to deal with them I will never look at her novels the same way again I am no bird and no net ensnares me I am a free human being with an independent will Charlotte Bront , Jane EyreIf Jane s fieriness of spirit seems to belong to our own times than to hers, it could be because her ardor came straight from her revolutionary author And I feel nothing but admiration for Charlotte who had to face so many obstacles, yet persevered and succeeded against all odds there s a fire and fury raging in that little woman, a rage scorching her heart

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    I suppose I d be a sucker for anything about Charlotte Bront , who has been My Hero since I was around nine or ten But as it happens, even after reading the breathlessly starry eyed Girl With A Pen Charlotte Bronte and the far worthy, but slightly sniffy The Bront s, this biography really made Charlotte into a completely believable person, one that you could imagine beavering away at her writing determinedly if very short sightedly, handling expertly a difficult father and demanding siblings, and trotting off down to London with Anne or should that be up I assume London always thinks it is up, and the railways agree to prove to her publishers that Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell were not one and the same person And were female, to boot.Claire Harman manages that precarious balancing act of mining the fictional work for possible autobiographical elements without reducing CB s creative talent to nothing than a fictionalized version of her own life She explodes myths without removing all the magic, is constantly engaging without ever becoming glib, and is acutely aware of how even ladies, nineteenth century ladies brought up in a Church of England clergyman s household, must have had desires Desires that she herself was intelligent enough to recognize as being unattainable Would that we could all be as wise.Wondrous.

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    Even if you know the life of Charlotte Bronte the facts of her life were not new to me , there are insights here for you This account of her too short life, heartbreaking at times due to the famous tragedies that beset the family, is gripping and engrossing I hated that it had to end At first I was a bit disconcerted at the way the notes at the back of the book were handled, but I quickly became attuned to them.

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    What a strange, isolated and yet amazing life The sheer volume of intense emotion simmering beneath the reserved, Victorian surface of Charlotte Bront is simply staggering It s a wonder that she lived as long as she did while repressing that ocean of feeling.And oh how the Bront s hated having to go to work and earn a living They were a family of huge egos, every one of them convinced that they were geniuses and that such trivialities as going to work and dealing with regular people were far beneath them If you were admitted into their magic circle, you were one of them for life as several servants were but everyone else was suspect and stupid They were talented they were right about that but they let that talent turn them away from the world, leaving them awkward and inappropriate when they had to go out into regular society Branwell, Charlotte s brother, seems to have been the most at ease among non family, but he managed to always screw up any opportunity that presented itself, either by drunkenness, opium consumption, or fooling around with the master s wife His casual entitledness consistently ruined his chances at recognition or advancement, things which Charlotte would have cheerfully murdered for As children, Branwell had been her alter ego and partner in the role playing imaginative world that was the basis for their writing As an adult, she seethed with resentment, knowing what use she could have made of his situations When he returned home in disgrace after his disastrous affair with his employer s wife, he simply refused to work any longer and basically killed himself through substance abuse Harman points out that Charlotte was secretly furious at the ease with which he had been able to indulge his passions, while she was almost killing herself with the suppression of her own She is still, at this point, obsessed with her Belgian school master, a married man who wisely won t answer her letters.The old saying goes that if you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life Once the Bront women could support themselves through writing, their lives improve immeasurably simply because they can live the way they want to, i.e isolated Unfortunately, only Charlotte lived long enough to enjoy this state of affairs, and she is haunted by the loss of those siblings and servants who provided the snug, creative circle in which she wrote When Charlotte finally unbent enough to marry the parish curate, her life improves again She discovered that the grand passion of love couldn t compete with an ordinary guy who actually cared about her One wonders what exactly her former obsession, her French instructor in Belgium, thought of the torrent of fiction which features men who are obviously based on him He and his wife were well aware of Charlotte s books and must have spent some uneasy hours speculating on what she might do next We are the recipients of the glorious fiction produced by the Bront s, fiction that probably would never have existed if they had lived an untroubled, ordinary, comfortable life.

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    Terrific biography of Charlotte Bront Filled with fascinating insights and details into the lives and interactions of the inhabitants of the Bront Parsonage Moving, thought provoking, detailed and profoundly erudite, yet thrilling and accessible One of the best biographies I ve read in recent years

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    BOTWhttp programmes b06mc8jfDescription Hattie Morahan reads Claire Harman s new and intimate biography of Charlotte Bronte, one of the nation s greatest novelists This vivid and complex portrait is published ahead of the two hundredth anniversary of the writer s birth in April 2016.The events of Charlotte Bronte s life her motherless childhood on the Yorkshire moors, the early and tragic deaths of her beloved siblings and a great and unrequited love all found their way into her novels Claire Harman unravels the complexities of Bronte s life to reveal a fiercely passionate and determined woman who gave us some of our best loved novels and heroines, most famously Jane Eyre.Claire Harman is an acclaimed and award winning biographer Her books include Sylvia Townsend Warner, Fanny Burney, Robert Louis Stevenson and Jane s Fame which tells the story of Jane Austen s renown. Childhood Roe Head School In A Strange Land Being Published Affairs of the Heart

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    With her bicentennial approaching in April 2016, it is the perfect time to revisit Charlotte Bront s timeless stories One of the things Harman s wonderful biography does best is to trace how the Bront s childhood experiences found later expression in their fiction A chapter on the publication of Jane Eyre 1847 is a highlight Diehard fans might not encounter lots of new material, but Harman does make a revelation concerning Charlotte s cause of death not TB, as previously believed, but hyperemesis gravidarum, or extreme morning sickness.This will help you appreciate afresh the work of a poet of suffering whose novels were all the subversive because of their surface conventionality See my full review at For Books Sake.Related reading Charlotte Bront s Secret Love by Jolien Janzing.

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    Moving, hard to put down, sometimes heartbreaking, and utterly fascinating, Charlotte Bronte A Fiery Heart is less massive than Juliet Barker s The Bront s Wild Genius on the Moors, but it s a good choice for someone not ready to dive into the delights of Barker s thorough, 1,000 page tome In spite of the title, Charlotte is the main but not only focus this new biography, because it also covers the lives of Emily, Anne, Branwell and their father they were such a close family it would be impossible to leave any of them out All four of the siblings were imaginative and obsessive writers so that from a very young age they were creating their own shared literary worlds I especially enjoyed the way Harman related the novels the sisters published to their life experiences Anyone who loves Jane Eyre, or who is interested in life outside of London during the middle of Victoria s reign, will find this biography fascinating I read an advanced review copy given to me by the publisher review opinions are mine.

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    I m probably easily pleased, but I was very excited earlier this year when I read that Claire Harman would be publishing a new biography of Charlotte Bront and I made sure I got my hands on a copy as soon as I could.Harman is a great writer and I hoped she d make a success of the biography and she most certainly has.The book starts off, cleverly I thought, with an absolutely pivotal moment in Charlotte s life It s a Sunday afternoon in 1843 and she is in Brussels, lonely and alone The school where she is working as a teacher is closed, and in an effort to occupy herself and wear herself out physically she walks to her friend Martha Taylor s grave on the edge of the city At this point in her life Charlotte is emotionally, physically and sexually obsessed with her Master at the school, the enigmatic Constantin H ger On the way back the fiercely anti Catholic Charlotte calls into a Catholic church and persuades a priest to hear her confession What I d have given to be a fly on the wall when she did that Harman writes coolly and objectively and isn t tempted by supposition thank goodness However her admiration for her subject shines through I also liked the way she was able to bring Charlotte s brother and younger sisters so vividly into the narrative Charlotte was inextricably bound up with them However, despite giving each of these siblings a life and character she never takes her eye off her main subject.I found no startlingly new revelations, no cache of secret letters, or previously unknown photographs or anything remotely sensational Instead I found a superbly written biography which I thoroughly enjoyed.

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