The Letters of Charlotte Bronte: With a Selection of Letters by Family and Friends Volume II: 1848…

Hardcover | April 15, 2000

byCharlotte BronteEditorMargaret Smith

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In this volume we share Charlotte Bronte's experience for four crucial years. The success of Jane Eyre and the strange power of Wuthering Heights made the 'brothers Bell' the 'universal theme of conversation'; but privately the family endured the deaths of Branwell Bronte in September andEmily in December 1848, followed by Anne's in May 1849. Haunted by the fear that she also would succumb, Charlotte found salvation in writing Shirley, published in October 1849, and comfort in her friendship and correspondence with Ellen Nussey, with her publishers-especially George Smith-with MrsGaskell, and (for a time) Harriet Martineau. She may also have received a proposal of marriage from Smith, Edler's manager, James Taylor.

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In this volume we share Charlotte Bronte's experience for four crucial years. The success of Jane Eyre and the strange power of Wuthering Heights made the 'brothers Bell' the 'universal theme of conversation'; but privately the family endured the deaths of Branwell Bronte in September andEmily in December 1848, followed by Anne's in Ma...

Margaret Smith is Honorary Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Research in Arts and Social Sciences, University of Birmingham

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Format:HardcoverPublished:April 15, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198185987

ISBN - 13:9780198185987

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Table of Contents

List of IllustrationsAbbreviations and SymbolsIntroductionThe ManuscriptsTextual PolicyA Chronology of Charlotte BronteBiographical NotesTHE LETTERSAppendicesIndex

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`Margaret Smith's edition finally ensures that we hear that story accurately, in Charlotte's own words, in as full a version as possible, and with an apparatus of notes, references and contextual material which is marvellously informative and illuminating. This is, indeed, an editorialachievement of the first order, and one which at last offers a text worthy of 'platonic homage' from all those scholars, readers and Bronte devotees who have, until now, had to do without.'Angela Leighton, TLS 01/09/2000