The Brontë Sisters: Life, Loss and Literature Read Online Free - Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall... these fictional masterpieces are all recognized as landmarks of English Literature. Still inspirational and challenging to readers today, upon release in the mid-nineteenth century they caused a veritable sensation, chiefly due to their subject matter and unconventional styles. But the greatest sensation of all came when these books were revealed to be the creations of women.
This is the story of those women and of the forces that shaped them into trailblazing writers.
From early childhood, literature and the world of books held the attention and sparked the fertile imaginations of the emotionally intense and fascinating Bronte siblings. Beset by tragedy, three outlets existed for their grief and their creative talents; they escaped into books, into the wild moorlands surrounding their home and into their own rich inner lives and an intricate play-world born of their collective imaginations.
In this new study, Catherine Rayner offers a full and fascinating exploration of the formative years of these bright children, taking us on a journey from their earliest years to their tragically early deaths. The Bronte girls grew into women who were unafraid to write themselves into territories previously only visited by male authors. In addition, they tackled all the taboo subjects of their time; divorce, child abuse, bigamy, domestic violence, class, female depression and mental illness. Nothing was beyond their scope and it is especially for this ability and determination to speak for women, the marginalized and the disadvantaged that they are remembered and celebrated today, two hundred years after their births in the quiet Yorkshire village of Haworth.
This timely release offers a fresh perspective on a fascinating family and a unique trio of talented and trailblazing sisters whose books will doubtless continue to haunt and inspire for generations to come.
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February 06, 2018
I was lucky enough to get my wish granted by Netgalley and get this fascinating book about the Bronte sisters. Having a thorough understanding about the sisters, their lives, their experiences just made me appreciate their books so much more! This is perfect for those who love the Bronte sisters!...
February 26, 2018
I knew surprisingly little about the Bronte sisters before I read this book.
The book takes you through the tumultuous lives of the Bronte children, focusing specifically on Emily, Anne, and Charlotte. Their lives were, at times, dark and difficult – their mother died at an early age, followed by...
February 14, 2018
I am in two minds about this biography of the three Brontë sisters.
It was very interesting to get a wider context to the lives and works of Charlotte, Emily and Anne, and I enjoyed reading about the enigmatic sisters. The writer succeeds in painting a picture of their lives, their characters and...
January 16, 2018
Arrivata al 25% lo abbandono.
Non perché non sia una biografia corretta e curata, ma perché non aggiunge nulla, se qualcuno conosce già le vicende della famiglia Bronte, a lavori più completi come quello monumentale di Janet Baker, o a punti di vista più personali come nel bellissimo Take Courage:...
January 28, 2018
There are many books and biographies about the Brontë family, and one may wonder if there is anything new to say on the subject. This was an enjoyable read for me, the author doesn't just relay by now well-known biographical facts, but examines the societal and cultural world the sisters grew up...
February 08, 2018
The Brontë Sisters by Catherine Rayner is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late January.
The author uses an accultured, fluid, winding, meditative tone to described the lives, works, and repeated themes (including the Great Glasstown Confederacy) of each of the Brontë sisters, so it's a littl...
February 04, 2018
Historically vivid, written well. For any one who is a history and literature buff. this will be right up their alley. I enjoyed it, having never read much about the Bronte sisters.~ I liked the authors style of writing and though it was a biography, it read smoothly like a fiction novel. Curious...
February 01, 2018
Catherine Rayner sets before us the cultural, societal and family background which gave birth to three writing sisters. She looks at each and considers how they helped shape the lives and minds of Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë and how they helped shape their writing which in turn reflected the...
February 14, 2018
I am fascinated by the Brontes so am always interested in any new books about them but at times it can feel like everything has already been said. This is an interesting take on the Bronte myths and realities and I really enjoyed reading it.
Highly recommended for anyone who loves the Brontes and...