The Life of Charlotte Brontë

  title={The Life of Charlotte Bront{\"e}},
  author={Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell}
Elizabeth Gaskell's The Life of Charlotte Bronte (1857) is a pioneering biography of one great Victorian woman novelist by another. Gaskell was a friend of Charlotte Bronte, 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… 
The Brontë Biographies: Romance, Reality, and Revision
As a species, Brontë biographers would seem to suffer from an "ancient mariner" complex: they feel compelled to tell their tale over and over. More than forty major lives of the Brontë family have
Ethnographic Imagination in The Life of Charlotte BrontÃ
On Christmas Day in 1848, just a week after her sister Emily had died, Charlotte Bronte sent a note to her publisher W. S. Williams telling him of her loss. In a doomed tone familiar to readers of
  • L. Krishnan
  • Art, Linguistics
    Victorian Literature and Culture
  • 2013
That Algernon Charles Swinburne loved the Brontës is well known, and his interest in them well documented. His admiration for Charlotte and Emily, in particular, prompted two studies, a short book
Narrative Cross-Dressing in Charlotte Brontë's The Professor
Abstract Charlotte Brontë's novel The Professor is usually regarded as a failure. The reasons for this failure, have, however, never been closely examined. The essay tries to prove that the main
Fantasies of Death and Violence in the Early Juvenilia of Charlotte Brontë (1829–32)
Abstract This article argues that the origins of two themes in Charlotte Brontë's novels, rage and its suppression and race as a way to define rebellion, can be found in her earliest juvenilia. From
Suspended transitions : the liminal stage in the Brontës' Novels
Charlotte Bronte’s The Professor is the first and last attempt at a traditional, generic Bildungsroman to be found among the adult literary production of the Bronte sisters. William Crimsworth’s
Gothic Desire in Charlotte Bronte's Villette
A letter of 16June 1854 reads as follows: "My dear Ellen, Can you come next Wednesday or Thursday? I am afraid circumstances will compel me to agree to an earlier day than I wished. I sadlywished to
“A Laboriously Constructed Skeleton”: Retrospection, Loss, and Obituary in Charlotte Brontë’s Villette
In the course of his discussion of Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations, Peter Brooks, citing Jean-Paul Sartre, writes: Autobiographical narration must necessarily be “obituary”—must in any event
In 1840, the Phrenological Journal published an anonymous personal testimony of phrenological salvation titled “Remarkable Case of Change of Character and Pursuits.” The article appears in the “Cases
Bronte's Jane Eyre and the Grimms' Cinderella
Readers attempting to place Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre in the nineteenth-century novel tradition have been puzzled by Brontë’s bold mixing of genres and by the immense and powerful ideological