“[The] contradictions in [Bronte¨’s] life are not only fully chronicled by Lyndall Gordon’s splendid new biography, but also gracefully explicated to give the reader a vivid and emotionally detailed portrait of the novelist and her work. . . . [Gordon] chooses to use her imaginative sympathieshoned to precision with earlier biographies of Virginia Woolf and T. S. Eliotto delineate her subject’s rich interior life.” Michiko Kakutani, New York Times
This highly acclaimed biography looks beyond the insistent image of the modest Victorian lady, the slave to duty in the shadow of tombstones. Instead we see a strong, fiery woman who shaped her own life and transformed it into art. Lyndall Gordon looks at the shared gifts and class ambitions of the Bronte¨ family, and also at significant peoplethe active feminist Mary Taylor, the demanding mentor Constantin Heger, the rising publisher George Smithwhom Charlotte strove to possess in life and fiction. Drawing on unpublished letters, the “Roe Head Journal,” early stories, the manuscript of Villette, and her last, unfinished novel, Lyndall Gordon explores the gaps in Charlotte Bronte¨’s life. How did she arrive at her understanding of passion from a woman’s point of view? Could she resolve the testing conflict between a writer’s life and a seemingly incongruous marriage to the devoted curate Arthur Bell Nicholls? Looking into the shadow between the facts, Gordon takes biography into that unseen space where this woman of genius was able to live.
|Publisher:||Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)|
|Age Range:||14 - 18 Years|
About the Author
Lyndall Gordon is the prize-winning author of T. S. Eliot: An Imperfect Life and Lives Like Loaded Guns. She is a Fellow at the Royal Society of Literature and a member of PEN. She lives in Oxford.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
During my early teens I went through a Bronte obsession, I devoured as many biographies as I could. This one is one of my favourites. I was asked at the time why I read so many biographies of the same people as surely they all must be the same thing regurgitated over and over again - this is the one that laughs in the face of that theory and enabled me to justify reading different biographies on the same person- as otherwise I would never have come across this wonderful work. Any Bronte fan who has read countless Bronte biographies will find this a refreshing read, with thought and a studied and knowledgeable approach by Gordon. It is extremely detailed and meticulously researched and will give insights alike to general Bronte readers with an interest to know more about the author's life as well as Bronte scholars.