- Verlag: Ballantine Books; Auflage: Reissue (14. Januar 1990)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0449904652
- ISBN-13: 978-0449904657
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,9 x 3,2 x 23,5 cm
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The Brontës: Charlotte Brontë and Her Family (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 14. Januar 1990
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h and modern view of Charlotte Bronte--as a woman searching for love and as a writer who helped change society's perceptions about her sex. Her moving, eloquent portrait will interest not only Bronte devotees but all contemporary women."--Kirkus Reviews
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I first read this book, Fraser's biography of the Brontes, in the early 1990's just a few years after it was first released, and it so captured my attention that I proceeded at that time to read every novel by Charlotte and Anne Bronte (including a re-read of Jane Eyre, which I had first read during college). The generation of this level of interest on my part is is a testament to the quality of this book, Rebecca Fraser's biography.
That said, I must admit that ultimately I concluded that developing an interest in the Brontes is largely a waste of time. Here's why:
I found each novel interesting as I read it, but only a few years later I could not remember much if anything about any of the stories: that is how little they permanently impacted my life. Thus I must conclude that the Brontes' novels are ones which contain no lasting edification or import to those of us who read for the purpose of gaining insight into Eternal Values and seek to impact positively the future of the human condition.
BTW: after reading Fraser's biography I did not 're-read' Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights (I thought I had read it in high school and, thus, already knew all about it) but just recently I realized, over 20 years later, that I never, in fact, read Wuthering Heights at all! (Despite a copy of it being on my bookshelf for most of my adult life! Crazy.) Having now tried in vain to read Wuthering Heights, I realize that this inaccuracy and oversight was providential: Wuthering Heights is a repulsive novel filled with repulsive characters, and I consider myself fortunate that Emily Bronte's misanthropic world of heartless cruelty and un-Christian cosmology was never foisted upon me by a high school English teacher! To say that Emily Bronte's motherless childhood 'damaged her into the dark side' is an understatement, to say the least.
In this book, first published in 1988, Ms Fraser traces the events and themes from Charlotte's own life: the girl's school at Cowan Bridge which served as the model for `Jane Eyre's Lowood; and her time in Brussels which provided both background for `Villette' and inspiration for `The Professor'. Ms Fraser also explores Charlotte's position as a woman writer in an age when a woman's role was narrowly defined.
For some reason, I didn't read this book when it was first published - possibly because Charlotte has never been my favourite Brontë author and I was content with the information I had obtained from other books. I'm pleased that I've now read the book: while much of the biographic information is available elsewhere, Ms Fraser's assessment of the influences on Charlotte and her research into Charlotte's contacts with the wider world outside the Haworth Parsonage add to my understanding and appreciation of her work.
As another reviewer has noted, this book is the reissue of a book first published in 1988. There are plenty of works published about the Brontë family, a number of which are more recent than 1988 (including Juliet Barker's excellent book `The Brontës'). I'd recommend this book to someone primarily interested in Charlotte.