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Selected Letters

by Charlotte Brontė - edited by Margaret Smith and Janet Gezari - £9.99  Oxford University Press (2010)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9780199576968 | ISBN 10: 0199576963

Charlotte Brontė is one of the most popular English novelists, and her letters offer a fascinating insight into her life as a writer, her personal life, and the society in which she lived.
 
The only available edition, this selection is derived from Margaret Smith's three-volume edition of Brontė's complete letters and covers her life from her teenage years at Haworth Parsonage to her death in 1855.
 
In addition to Margaret Smith's Editor's Preface, the edition includes a critical introduction by Janet Gezari which looks at the relationship between Brontė's letters and her fiction and how the letters add to the debate about her literary persona and the split between her public and her private life.
 
Includes a chronology, biographical notes on Brontė's correspondents, select bibliography,on-page notes, and index.
 
'Dangerous as lucifer matches.'
 
That was how Arthur Nicholls, Charlotte Brontė's husband for the last nine months of her life, described her letters. Full of acute observations, pithy character sketches, and passionate convictions, the letters are our most direct source of information about the lives of the Brontės and our closest approach to the author of Jane Eyre. In them Charlotte writes of life at Haworth Parsonage, her experiences at a Belgian school, and her intense feelings for the Belgian schoolteacher, M. Heger. She endures the agony of the death of her siblings, and enjoys the success as a writer that brings her into contact with the London literary scene.
 
Vivid and intimate, her letters give fresh insight into the novels, and into the development of her distinct literary style. Margaret Smith's fine edition includes invaluable notes on Brontė's correspondents, and Janet Gezari contributes a new introduction that relates the letters to both Brontė's life and her creative accomplishment.

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