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The Life of Charlotte Bronte

Elizabeth Gaskell - Author

Elisabeth Jay - Editor

Elisabeth Jay - Introduction by

Elisabeth Jay - Notes by

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ISBN 9780140434934 | 544 pages | 01 Mar 1998 | Penguin Classics | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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'I am sure the more fully she - Charlotte Brontë - the friend, the daughter, the sister, the wife, is known - the more highly she will be appreciated.' Mrs Gaskell was quite clear about her priorities when she began to set down the facts of a 'wild, sad life and the beautiful character that grew out of it'. The result was one of the greatest of all English biographies. The book itself was not to be without its stormy passage: Mrs Gaskell, as well she knew, ran up against Victorian shibboleths of propriety and sexual prudery. However, not even the amendments and cuts she was obliged to make in the second and third editions could destroy its overall unity or her psychologically convincing vision of the suffering, emotionally starved and tortured Charlotte Brontë whose life and pitiful death still grips and appalls us. The present text follows the controversial first edition throughout, while all the variations which appeared in the third edition have been recorded in notes and appendices.
‘It is in every way worthy of what one Great Woman, should have written of Another … it ought to stand, and will stand in the first rank, of Biographies, till the end of time’ – Patrick Brontë