The Letters of Charlotte Bronte: With a Selection of Letters by Family and Friends Volume I: 1829…

Hardcover | September 1, 1993

byCharlotte BronteEditorMargaret Smith

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`Men don't seem to understand making letters a vehicle of communication - they always seem to think us uncautious. I'm sure I don't think I have said anything rash - however you must burn it when read.' Despite the request, Charlotte Bronte's lifelong friend Ellen Nussey probably burnt verylittle of her correspondence, and in this edition, based as far as possible on original manuscripts, many confidential and outspoken letters are published in full for the first time. The present volume includes letters from Charlotte's childhood (the first written to her father in September 1829), and takes the reader up to the publication and review of Jane Eyre (1847). Early editions depended largely on bowdlerized or inaccurate copies, and even the much improved ShakespeareHead edition of 1932 suffered from limited access to manuscripts, owing to the nefarious activities of T. J. Wise. Since 1932 many more manuscripts have become available, and the present edition includes new letters, previously unpublished passages censored by Ellen Nussey or Mrs Gaskell, and fullannotation. As well as Charlotte's own letters, a handful of important letters by friends and family relating to her or illuminating her correspondence are included, along with extracts from the diaries of Emily and Anne Bronte, Ellen Nussey, and Charlotte's rejected suitor Henry Nussey. The fullIntroduction includes an illuminating account of the early publication history of the letters, and biographical material on the main correspondents. Of particular interest in the notes to this volume are the extensive quotations from early reviews of Jane Eyre.

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`Men don't seem to understand making letters a vehicle of communication - they always seem to think us uncautious. I'm sure I don't think I have said anything rash - however you must burn it when read.' Despite the request, Charlotte Bronte's lifelong friend Ellen Nussey probably burnt verylittle of her correspondence, and in this edi...

Margaret Smith is a renowned Bronte scholar, textual editor of the Clarendon edition of Charlotte Bronte's novels (General editor, Ian Jack), and co-editor with ian Jack of the three volumes. For OUP she is the co-editor of the following works of Charlotte Bronte: Jane Eyre (1969, rev. 1975), and editor of Jane Eyre in the OENS series...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:644 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.69 inPublished:September 1, 1993Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198185979

ISBN - 13:9780198185970

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`now, at last, we have this reliable text, painstakingly reassembled and scrupulously edited by Margaret Smith ... This first volume of Charlotte's letters is an invaluable scholarly resource and a stirring story, resonant with powerful feeling, in which a hidden imaginative life stubbornlyforces its way through the thickets of domesticity into the light of day. I can hardly wait for the sequel.'The Sunday Times