Bronte, Charlotte, 1816-1855
Charlotte Bronte: A Fiery Heart
Charlotte Bronte
A Fiery Heart
Hardcover      ISBN: 0307962083
On the two hundredth anniversary of her birth, a landmark biography transforms Charlotte Bront from a tragic figure into a modern heroine.

Charlotte Bront famously lived her entire life in an isolated parsonage on a remote English moor with a demanding father and siblings whose astonishing childhood creativity was a closely held secret. The genius of Claire Harman's biography is that it transcends these melancholy facts to reveal a woman for whom duty and piety gave way to quiet rebellion and fierce ambition.

Drawing on letters unavailable to previous biographers, Harman depicts Charlotte's inner life with absorbing, almost novelistic intensity. She seizes upon a moment in Charlotte's adolescence that ignited her determination to reject poverty and obscurity: While working at a girls' school in Brussels, Charlotte fell in love with her married professor, Constantin Heger, a man who treated her as "nothing special to him at all." She channeled her torment into her first attempts at a novel and resolved to bring it to the world's attention.

Charlotte helped power her sisters' work to publication, too. But Emily's Wuthering Heights was eclipsed by Jane Eyre, which set London abuzz with speculation: Who was this fiery author demanding love and justice for her plain and insignificant heroine? Charlotte Bront 's blazingly intelligent women brimming with hidden passions would transform English literature. And she savored her literary success even as a heartrending series of personal losses followed.

Charlotte Bront
is a groundbreaking view of the beloved writer as a young woman ahead of her time. Shaped by Charlotte's lifelong struggle to claim love and art for herself, Harman's richly insightful biography offers readers many of the pleasures of Bront 's own work.
Villette
Villette
Paperback      ISBN: 006235616x

Charlotte Bronte’s final and most autobiographical novel—even more critically acclaimed thanJane Eyre during its time—is a brilliant story of repressed passion and unrequited love in the fictional French town of Villette

Lucy Snowe is a young woman alone in the world after a terrible event of which she never speaks. With no home, no family, and no prospects, she sets out on her own to the small French town of Villette, where she finds work as a governess at a boarding school for girls. When a handsome doctor from her past appears in Villette, Lucy believes she may at last be free of loneliness—if her rigorous self-control doesn’t conceal her true feelings.

Based on Charlotte Bronte’s own experiences at a boarding school in Belgium, Villette is an intense psychological portrait of its heroine, a woman who so strenuously tries to hide her passions that she cannot help but reveal them.

A Girl Walks Into a Book: What the Brontës Taught Me about Life, Love, and Women's Work
A Girl Walks Into a Book
What the Brontës Taught Me about Life, Love, and Women's Work
Paperback      ISBN: 1580056571

How many times have you heard readers argue about which is better, Jane Eyre or Wuthering Heights? The works of Charlotte, Emily, and Anne continue to provoke passionate fandom over a century after their deaths. Bront enthusiasts, as well as those of us who never made it further than those oft-cited classics, will devour Miranda Pennington's delightful literary memoir.
Pennington, today a writer and teacher in New York, was a precocious reader. Her father gave her Jane Eyre at the age of 10, sparking what would become a lifelong devotion and multiple re-readings. She began to delve into the work and lives of the Bront s, finding that the sisters were at times her lifeline, her sounding board, even her closest friends. In this charming, offbeat memoir, Pennington traces the development of the Bront s as women, as sisters, and as writers, as she recounts her own struggles to fit in as a bookish, introverted, bisexual woman. In the Bront s and their characters, Pennington finally finds the heroines she needs, and she becomes obsessed with their wisdom, courage, and fearlessness. Her obsession makes for an entirely absorbing and unique read.
A Girl Walks Into a Book is a candid and emotional love affair that braids criticism, biography and literature into a quest that helps us understand the place of literature in our lives; how it affects and inspires us.

The Bronte Cabinet: Three Lives in Nine Objects
The Bronte Cabinet
Three Lives in Nine Objects
Hardcover      ISBN: 0393240088

In this unique and lovingly detailed biography of a literary family that has enthralled readers for nearly two centuries, Victorian literature scholar Deborah Lutz illuminates the complex and fascinating lives of the Bront s through the things they wore, stitched, wrote on, and inscribed. By unfolding the histories of the meaningful objects in their family home in Haworth, Lutz immerses readers in a nuanced re-creation of the sisters' daily lives while moving us chronologically forward through the major biographical events: the death of their mother and two sisters, the imaginary kingdoms of their childhood writing, their time as governesses, and their determined efforts to make a mark on the literary world.

From the miniature books they made as children to the blackthorn walking sticks they carried on solitary hikes on the moors, each personal possession opens a window onto the sisters' world, their beloved fiction, and the Victorian era. A description of the brass collar worn by Emily's bull mastiff, Keeper, leads to a series of entertaining anecdotes about the influence of the family's dogs on their writing and about the relationship of Victorians to their pets in general. The sisters' portable writing desks prove to have played a crucial role in their writing lives: it was Charlotte's snooping in Emily's desk that led to the sisters' first publication in print, followed later by the publication of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights.

Charlotte's letters provide insight into her relationships, both innocent and illicit, including her relationship with the older professor to whom she wrote passionately. And the bracelet Charlotte had made of Anne and Emily's intertwined hair bears witness to her profound grief after their deaths.

Lutz captivatingly shows the Bront s anew by bringing us deep inside the physical world in which they lived and from which their writings took inspiration.

The Bronte Myth
The Bronte Myth
Paperback      ISBN: 1400078350

In a brilliant combination of biography, literary criticism, and history, The Bront Myth shows how Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Bront became cultural icons whose ever-changing reputations reflected the obsessions of various eras.

When literary London learned that Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights had been written by young rural spinsters, the Bront s instantly became as famous as their shockingly passionate books. Soon after their deaths, their first biographer spun the sisters into a picturesque myth of family tragedies and Yorkshire moors. Ever since, these enigmatic figures have tempted generations of readers-Victorian, Freudian, feminist-to reinterpret them, casting them as everything from domestic saints to sex-starved hysterics. In her bewitching "metabiography," Lucasta Miller follows the twists and turns of the phenomenon of Bront-mania and rescues these three fiercely original geniuses from the distortions of legend.

The Brontë Sisters Boxed Set: Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, the Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Villette
The Brontë Sisters Boxed Set
Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, the Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Villette
Hardcover      ISBN: 0241248760
A beautiful boxed set of four Hardcover Classics by the Bront sisters, including Wuthering Heights, Villette, Jane Eyre, and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

To celebrate the bicentennial of Charlotte Bront 's birth, Penguin Classics presents the Bront sisters' four greatest works in a boxed set of lavish, clothbound Hardcover Classics editions designed by the award-winning Coralie Bickford-Smith. From the bleak moors of Wuthering Heights to the French boarding school of Villette to the gloomy, mysterious country estates of Jane Eyre and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, these four novels show the most famous siblings in literature at the peak of their powers.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Bronte Transformations: The Cultural Dissemination of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights
Bronte Transformations
The Cultural Dissemination of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights
Paperback      ISBN: 191145434x

This landmark book - entirely unobtainable for several years - is the single essential study of how the best-known Bront novels - Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights - achieved their world-wide fame.

It offers a fascinating account of how the novels have passed into the general culture through a wide variety of media - on the stage, in film and television, in books, illustrations, comic books and paintings, operas, ballets and musical versions, parodies and allusions, as well as later 're-workings' of the original plots.

No other book provides such a thorough record of the processes by which the novels have been transmitted and transformed.

Now regarded as a seminal work in the field of adaptation studies, this exhaustive study offers analysis of the various texts in terms of their historical and generic construction, aiming to relate the form of each derivative to its ideological function.

Its methodology is eclectic, mixing traditional literary criticism with feminist, psychoanalytic and deconstructive techniques to create a work which is both entertaining and scholarly.

The book includes a uniquely detailed listing of Bront derivatives as well as a general bibliography, and is enhanced by black and white illustrations.

Bronte Transformations: The Cultural Dissemination of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights
Bronte Transformations
The Cultural Dissemination of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights
Hardcover      ISBN: 1911454358

This landmark book - entirely unobtainable for several years - is the single essential study of how the best-known Bronte novels - Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights - achieved their world-wide fame. It offers a fascinating account of how the novels have passed into the general culture through a wide variety of media - on the stage, in film and television, in books, illustrations, comic books and paintings, operas, ballets and musical versions, parodies and allusions, as well as later 're-workings' of the original plots. No other book provides such a thorough record of the processes by which the novels have been transmitted and transformed. Now regarded as a seminal work in the field of adaptation studies, this exhaustive study offers analysis of the various texts in terms of their historical and generic construction, aiming to relate the form of each derivative to its ideological function. Its methodology is eclectic, mixing traditional literary criticism with feminist, psychoanalytic and deconstructive techniques to create a work which is both entertaining and scholarly. The book includes a uniquely detailed listing of Bronte derivatives as well as a general bibliography, and is enhanced by black and white illustrations.

The Brontes and Religion
The Brontes and Religion
Hardcover      ISBN: 0521661552

This is the first full-length study of religion in the fiction of the Brontes. Drawing on extensive knowledge of the Anglican church in the nineteenth century, Marianne Thormahlen shows how the Brontes' familiarity with the contemporary debates on doctrinal, ethical and ecclesiastical issues informs their novels. Divided into four parts, the book examines denominations, doctrines, ethics and clerics in the Brontes' work. Lucid and vigorously written, it will open up new perspectives for Bronte specialists and enthusiasts alike on a fundamental aspect of the novels greatly neglected in recent decades.

The Brontes and Religion
The Brontes and Religion
Paperback      ISBN: 0521604575

This is the first full-length study of religion in the fiction of the Bront s. Drawing on extensive knowledge of the Anglican church in the nineteenth century, Marianne Thorm hlen shows how the Bront s' familiarity with the contemporary debates on doctrinal, ethical and ecclesiastical issues informs their novels. Divided into four parts, the book examines denominations, doctrines, ethics and clerics in the Bront s' work. Lucid and vigorously written, it will open up new perspectives for Bront specialists and enthusiasts alike on a fundamental aspect of the novels greatly neglected in recent decades.