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Read online The Life of Charlotte Brontë.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC The Life of Charlotte Brontë It is in every way worthy of what one great woman should have written of another b Patrick Bront .

Elizabeth Gaskell s i The Life of Charlotte Bront i is a pioneering biography of one great Victorian woman novelist by another .

Gaskell was a friend of Charlotte Bront and having been invited to write the official life determined both to tell the truth and to honour her friend She contacted those who had known Charlotte and travelled extensively in England and Belgium to gather material She wrote from a vivid accumulation of letters interviews and observation establishing the details of Charlotte s life and recreating her background Through an often difficult and demanding process Gaskell created a vital sense of a life hidden from the world .

This edition is based on the Third Edition of revised by Gaskell It has been collated with the manuscript and the previous two editions as well as with Charlotte Bront s letters and thus offers fuller information about the process of composition than any previous edition by Elizabeth Gaskell, Angus Easson

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The Life of Charlotte Brontë
Title:The Life of Charlotte Brontë
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Number of Pages:587
Category:Non fiction, Classics, Biography, History, Victorian
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The Life of Charlotte Bront, Mary Barton, Cranford, The Old Nurse's Story, Wives and Daughters, Ruth, North and South, Gothic Tales, Cousin Phyllis, The Cranford Chronicles
i b It is very pleasant dining with a bachelor I only hope it is not improper so many pleasant things are b i br br A portrait of the residents of an English country town in the mid nineteenth century i Cranford i relates the adventures of Miss Matty and Miss Deborah two middle aged spinster sisters striving to live with dignity in reduced circumstances Through a series of vignettes Elizabeth Gaskell portrays a community governed by old fashioned habits and dominated by friendships between women Her wry account of rural life is undercut however by tragedy in its depiction of such troubling events as Matty s bankruptcy the violent death of Captain Brown or the unwitting cruelty of Peter Jenkyns Written with acute observation i Cranford i is by turns affectionate moving and darkly satirical br br In her introduction Patricia Ingham discusses i Cranford i in relation to Gaskell s own past and as a work of irony in the manner of Jane Austen She also considers the implications of the novel in terms of class and empire This edition also includes further reading notes and an appendix on the significance of Fashion at Cranford, Contains Mr Harrison s Confessions Cranford My Lady Ludlow br br In this witty and poignant story the railway is pushing its way relentlessly towards the town from Manchester bringing fears of migrant workers and the breakdown of law and order The arrival of handsome young Doctor Harrison causes yet further agitation not just because of his revolutionary methods but also because of his effect on the hearts of the ladies Meanwhile Miss Matty Jenkyns nurses her own broken heart after she was forced to give up the man she loved when she was a young girl, b It is in every way worthy of what one great woman should have written of another b Patrick Bront br br Elizabeth Gaskell s i The Life of Charlotte Bront i is a pioneering biography of one great Victorian woman novelist by another br br Gaskell was a friend of Charlotte Bront and having been invited to write the official life determined both to tell the truth and to honour her friend She contacted those who had known Charlotte and travelled extensively in England and Belgium to gather material She wrote from a vivid accumulation of letters interviews and observation establishing the details of Charlotte s life and recreating her background Through an often difficult and demanding process Gaskell created a vital sense of a life hidden from the world br br This edition is based on the Third Edition of revised by Gaskell It has been collated with the manuscript and the previous two editions as well as with Charlotte Bront s letters and thus offers fuller information about the process of composition than any previous edition, i Such whispered tales such old temptations and hauntings and devilish terrors i br br Elizabeth Gaskell s chilling Gothic tales blend the real and the supernatural to eerie compelling effect Disappearances inspired by local legends of mysterious vanishings mixes gossip and fact Lois the Witch a novella based on an account of the Salem witch hunts shows how sexual desire and jealousy lead to hysteria while in The Old Nurse s Story a mysterious child roams the freezing Northumberland moors Whether darkly surreal such as The Poor Clare where an evil doppelganger is formed by a woman s bitter curse or mischievous like Curious if True a playful reworking of fairy tales all the pieces in this volume form a start contrast to the social realism of Gaskell s novels revealing a darker and more unsettling style of writing br br Laura Kranzler s introduction discusses how Gaskell s tales with their ghostly doublings and transgressive passions show the Gothic underside of female identity domestic relations and male authority This edition also contains a chronology further reading and explanatory notes