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The Self and the World
One of those stories of the Bronte childhood that have proved irresistible to biographers is that of the ‘mask’ incident, disclosed by the Reverend Patrick in a letter to Mrs Gaskell dated 30 JulyExpand
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Tragedy, Death and Eschatology
No study of the lives and work of nineteenth-century authors would be complete that failed to take account of their attitudes to the problems of death and human destiny. Of all the matters toExpand
The Child and Young Person: in Life and in Literature
Towards the end of the eighteenth century, a new major persona began to appear in English literature. The child, hitherto of relatively little interest to the artistic vision, began increasingly toExpand
Introduction: Some Connections
At the end of March 1855, after a brief illness, Charlotte Bronte died in her old home at Haworth. She left two solitary survivors: her seventy-eight-year-old father and the husband with whom she hadExpand
The Bronte Sisters and George Eliot: A Unity of Difference
Preface - Acknowledgements - Abbreviations - Principal Dates - Introduction: Some Connections: Biographical and Factual - The Child and Young Person: in Life and in Literature - Matters of Belief:Expand
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Matters of Belief: Religious and Ethical Attitudes
Today, in deference to the weight of time and tradition, we still apply the designation, ‘period of change’ to the Victorian era, despite the challenging events of more recent times: for this was theExpand
Love and Sexuality
Few areas of discussion on the world of the Victorians present us with greater difficulty than that which pertains to their attitudes to love and sexuality. So great have been the changes betweenExpand
The Woman Question
‘Life has taken on a new unloveliness’, wrote Mrs Roy Devereux in 1895, ‘and the least beautiful thing therein is the New Woman’.1 She was talking in, and about, an age in which ‘the Girton Girl andExpand