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The definitive biography of one of English literature's most beloved, and misunderstood, female writers.
"If men could see us as we really are, they would be amazed," wrote Charlotte Bronte, the outwardly conventional parson's daughter who rarely met any men beyond those of the church of classroom, and whose work Jane Eyre would bring her good name scandal and notoriety for the rest of her short and tragic life.
Elizabeth Gaskell, Charlotte's first biographer, attempted to clear Charlotte of the charges of passionate immorality that were leveled at heras unmarried woman no less. Rebecca Fraser, 130 years later, places Charlotte's life within the framework of contemporary attitudes towards woman, and addresses how attitudes and perceptions of Charlotte have or haven't changed since the Victorian era. An invaluable contribution to Bronte scholarship, Fraser's biography brings forth only admiration for a woman prepared to stand out against some of the cruelest Victorian ideas about her sex.
Rebecca Fraser's biography places Charlotte's life within the perceptual framework of contemporary attitudes to women.
About the Author
Rebecca Fraser has worked as an editor at various publishing houses and as a journalist for Vogue, Tatler, and The Times (London). She is the author of the critically acclaimed The Story of Britain. Fraser lives in London, where she is President of the Bronte Society.