Charlotte Brontë

Charlotte Brontë

A Fiery Heart

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"A groundbreaking biography that places an obsessive, unrequited love at the heart of the writer's life story, transforming her from the tragic figure we have previously known into a smoldering Jane Eyre. Famed for her beloved novels, Charlotte Brontë has been known as well for her insular, tragic family life. The genius of this biography is that it delves behind this image to reveal a life in which loss and heartache existed alongside rebellion and fierce ambition. Harman seizes on a crucial moment in the 1840's when Charlotte worked at a girls' school in Brussels and fell hopelessly in love with the husband of the school's headmistress. Her torment spawned her first attempts at writing for publication, and he haunts the pages of every one of her novels--he is Rochester in Jane Eyre, Paul Emanuel in Villette. Another unrequited love--for her publisher--paved the way for Charlotte to enter a marriage that ultimately made her happier than she ever imagined. Drawing on correspondence unavailable to previous biographers, Claire Harman establishes Brontë the heroine of her own story, one as dramatic and triumphant as one of her own novels"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2016
Edition: First United States edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780307962089
0307962083
Branch Call Number: B BRO
Characteristics: 462 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : facsimiles, illustrations, portraits (some color) ; 25 cm

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Mar 29, 2017

An extremely comprehensive and detailed account of the life of this deeply passionate author who penned Jane Eyre. Brilliant!

ser_library Mar 13, 2017

a scholarly yet accessible biography of Charlotte with much background that covers all her family

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