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--Susan Fromberg Schaeffer
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Charlotte Bronte lived from 1816 to 1855. In 1824 she was sent away to school with her four sisters and they were treated so badly that their father brought them home to Haworth in Yorkshire. The elder two sisters died within a few days and Charlotte and her sisters Emily and Anne were brought up in the isolated village. They were often lonely and loved to walk on the moors. They were all great readers and soon began to write small pieces of verse and stories.
Once Charlotte’s informal education was over she began to work as a governess and teacher in Yorkshire and Belgium so that she could add to the low family income and help to pay for her brother Branwell’s art education. Charlotte was a rather nervous young woman and didn’t like to be away from home for too long. The sisters began to write more seriously and published poetry in 1846 under male pen names – there was a lot of prejudice against women writers. The book was not a success and the sisters all moved on to write novels. Charlotte’s best-known book, Jane Eyre, appeared in 1847 and was soon seen as a work of genius. Charlotte really knew how to make characters and situations come alive.
Charlotte’s life was full of tragedy, never more so than when her brother Branwell and sisters Emily and Anne died within a few months in 1848/49. She married her father’s curate in 1854 but died in 1855, before her fortieth birthday.
Lucasta Miller is the author of The Brontë Myth.
I especially enjoy reading 18th and 19th Century British literature on Audible. While I enjoyed the beauty of Charlotte Bronte's language; however, I found the sudden ending of the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dr. Roberta
This was a good story, lighter than some Bronte fare, with a strong thread of good over evil and redemption.Published 2 months ago by Becky
Unlike Jane Eyre and Villette, this did not grab me immediately, but it grew on me and I enjoyed it almost as much as the others.Published 2 months ago by JenB
I still have it on hold and will read other reviews. I tried to get into it but it didnt hold my attention.Published 2 months ago by Copperhead
I'm a huge Bronte fan, but I can't even read this thing. It's in like size 4 type, with page numbers randomly mixed in the text (helpfully missing from the corner of the pages),... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Shannon