The Bronte Myth
ISBN10: 1400078350 ISBN13: 9781400078356 Publisher: Bantam Dell Pub Group Published: Jan 4 2005 Pages: 351 Weight: 0.75lbs. Height: 7.00" Width: 5.25" Depth: 0.75" Language: English
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.