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The Life of Charlotte Bronte (Penguin Classics)

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Publisher Comments:

Shaped by a novelist's imagination, Elizabeth Gaskell's admiring portrait of her friend (and author of JANE EYRE) Charlotte Bronte, as well as her descriptions of the people and events that caused Bronte pain or suffering reads much like the life of fictional characters of their early 19th-century time--extreme self-denial, coping with sickness and death and surviving through the strength of religious faith and moral integrity.

Synopsis:

In writing about Charlotte Bronte, who became her life-long friend, and whom she greatly admired but whose novels she did not entirely like, Elizabeth Gaskell portrays the struggle of a woman artist for whom she had, until her late marriage, "foreseen the single life".

About the Author

Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell was born in London in 1810, but she spent her formative years in Cheshire, Stratford-upon-Avon and the north of England. In 1832 she married the Reverend William Gaskell, who became well known as the minister of the Unitarian Chapel in Manchester’s Cross Street. As well as leading a busy domestic life as minister’s wife and mother of four daughters, she worked among the poor, traveled frequently and wrote. Mary Barton (1848) was her first success.

Two years later she began writing for Dickens’s magazine, Household Words, to which she contributed fiction for the next thirteen years, notably a further industrial novel, North and South (1855). In 1850 she met and secured the friendship of Charlotte Brontë. After Charlotte’s death in March 1855, Patrick Brontë chose his daughter’s friend and fellow-novelist to write The Life of Charlotte Brontë (1857), a probing and sympathetic account, that has attained classic stature. Elizabeth Gaskell’s position as a clergyman’s wife and as a successful writer introduced her to a wide circle of friends, both from the professional world of Manchester and from the larger literary world. Her output was substantial and completely professional. Dickens discovered her resilient strength of character when trying to impose his views on her as editor of Household Words. She proved that she was not to be bullied, even by such a strong-willed man.

Her later works, Sylvia’s Lovers (1863), Cousin Phillis (1864) and Wives and Daughters (1866) reveal that she was continuing to develop her writing in new literary directions. Elizabeth Gaskell died suddenly in November 1865.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140434934
Editor:
Jay, Elisabeth
Editor:
Jay, Elisabeth
Author:
Gaskell, Elizabeth Cleghorn
Author:
Bronte, Charlotte
Author:
Gaskell, Elizabeth
Author:
Jay, Elisabeth
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
London ;
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Women Authors
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
Bronte, charlotte, 1816-1855
Subject:
Bronte, Charlotte
Subject:
Women novelists, English
Subject:
Women novelists, English -- 19th century -- Biography.
Subject:
Novelists, English
Subject:
19th century
Subject:
Novelists, English - 19th century
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Edition Description:
Revised
Series:
Penguin Classics
Publication Date:
19980331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
544
Dimensions:
7.58x5.44x.98 in. .83 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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