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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Pegasus (September 22, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933648880
  • ASIN: B004JZWLUE
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,835,945 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Fraser excellently brings out the raging Charlotte" Times Literary Supplement "The most enjoyable and readable biography of Charlotte Bronte since Mrs Gaskell's" Literary Review "Rebecca Fraser has used her abundant material with a dexterity and sypathy that is beyond praise" -- Nigel Nicholson "Worthy of its subject...[combines] a social historian's sense of place...[with] a novelist's imaginative feeling for detail" New York Times

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Rebecca Fraser?s biography places Charlotte?s life within the perceptual framework of contemporary attitudes to women. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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It's actually the exact same book with a different title.
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You may also be glad that she did acquire a husband late in life who made her feel safe and useful.
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I'd recommend this book to someone primarily interested in Charlotte.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Laura D on October 2, 2008
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My one and only outstanding complaint about the reissue of this excellent biography is this: readers have no indication at all that this is a reprint of the original 1988 edition. I mistakingly thought that this biography was a revised, updated version of Rebecca Fraser's "The Brontes: Charlotte Bronte and Her Family" published 20 years ago and printed in the United States as well as Great Britain. It's actually the exact same book with a different title. No new disclosures, no recent information, no varying critiques or revisionist perspectives, when indeed very often an author will update their own biographical subject as new artifacts and letters are discovered - and yes, authors will update their own works as much as 20 years later; it's been done with Ives' book on Anne Boleyn; a couple of bios on F. Scott Fitzgerald; Arthur Rimbaud, etc. There's been, if not exactly a wealth of discovery on the Brontes, still some certainly very definitive works and even superior biographies since Fraser's 1988 book: Juliet Barker stands out most distinctly, and in the past decade more letters have been found, and more newspaper articles contemporary to the Brontes' time. A theory's even been offered in a very well done mid-1990's bio on Charlotte that she died from acute gastrointestinal infection and not from the results of pregnancy sickness, although it's been pretty well determined from her correspondence that she was pregnant at the time of her death. To just offer the exact same book of Rebecca Fraser's - as complete for its time as it was; as sensitive and sympathetic as she is to her subject - with an altered title can and will fool readers into purchasing a volume they already own. It did me.
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While this book focuses primarily on the life and work of Charlotte Brontë, it starts with background sketches of the Reverend Patrick Brontë and his wife Maria Branwell, and chronicles the family's history. Charlotte's life was marked with sorrow and loss: her mother died when she was five; four years later her two older sisters Maria and Elizabeth died. Charlotte also outlived her younger siblings: her brother Branwell and sisters Emily and Anne died in 1848 and 1849. Charlotte herself died in 1855, three weeks short of her fortieth birthday.

In this book, first published in 1988, Ms Fraser traces the events and themes from Charlotte's own life: the girl's school at Cowan Bridge which served as the model for `Jane Eyre's Lowood; and her time in Brussels which provided both background for `Villette' and inspiration for `The Professor'. Ms Fraser also explores Charlotte's position as a woman writer in an age when a woman's role was narrowly defined.

For some reason, I didn't read this book when it was first published - possibly because Charlotte has never been my favourite Brontë author and I was content with the information I had obtained from other books. I'm pleased that I've now read the book: while much of the biographic information is available elsewhere, Ms Fraser's assessment of the influences on Charlotte and her research into Charlotte's contacts with the wider world outside the Haworth Parsonage add to my understanding and appreciation of her work.

As another reviewer has noted, this book is the reissue of a book first published in 1988. There are plenty of works published about the Brontë family, a number of which are more recent than 1988 (including Juliet Barker's excellent book `The Brontës'). I'd recommend this book to someone primarily interested in Charlotte.

Jennifer Cameron-Smith
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Norman R. Mason on January 5, 2011
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This is the same book under a different title as "The Brontes: Charlotte Bronte and Her Family" by the same author. If I had known that I would not have ordered it since we already have the latter book. There should have been some indication of that in information about the book.
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