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Charlotte Bronte - Life Stories, Books, and Links
 
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» Stories about Charlotte Bronte

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
 
Picture of Charlotte Bronte, author of Jane Eyre; nineteenth century British Literature / English Literature
Evert A. Portrait Gallery of Eminent Men and Women in Europe and America. New York: Johnson, Wilson & Company, 1873.
Charlotte Bronte
(1816 - 1855)

 
Category:  English Literature
 
Born:  April 21, 1816
Thornton, Yorkshire, England
 
Died:  March 31, 1855
Haworth, Yorkshire, England
 
Related authors:
Anne Bronte, Emily Bronte
 
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Charlotte Bronte - LIFE STORIES
 
 
8/24/1847     Charlotte Bronte as "Currer Bell"    read it now!
On this day in 1847 Charlotte Bronte sent her manuscript of Jane Eyre to her eventual publisher, under her pseudonym of Currer Bell. Many first reviewers thought the book outrageous; one speculated that Currer Bell was an "unsexed" woman who dared "to trample upon customs established by our forefathers, and long destined to shed glory upon our domestic circles."
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SELECTED WORKS BY THIS AUTHOR
 
 
Jane Eyre
fiction
 
Jane Eyre
by Charlotte Bronte, Emma Fielding (Reader)
audio CD
 
 
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SELECTED BOOKS ABOUT (or related to) THIS AUTHOR
 
 
The Brontes
by Juliet Barker
biography
 
The Brontes: A Life in Letters
by Juliet Barker (Editor)
letters
 
The Life of Charlotte Bronte
by Elisabeth Jay (Editor), Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
biography
 
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English-Literature.org
Read a scholarly essay which examines the literary concordances between Jane Eyre and Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea.

"Rhys's great achievement in her re-writing of the Bronte text is her creation of an external double to the madwoman, which transforms the bestial Bertha into an individual woman who has been 'othered' by imperialistic and patriarchal oppression. Rhys gives Antoinette a voice, and restores her humanity. Her madness is shown throughout the novel to be a reaction to oppression, rather than congenital, as the novel Jane Eyre implies. Rhys illustrates the injustice of Rochester's assumption that the mother's madness must inevitably be passed on to the daughter."
Online Books Page
Find electronic texts including Jane Eyre, Poems by Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell, The Professor, and Shirley.
The Bronte Sisters
A selection of links to Bronte resources on the Internet, including electronic texts and a variety of literary analysis of theme, symbolism and imagery, spiritualism, religion, and literary concordances (e.g., a comparison between Jane Eyre and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland).
The Victorian Web
Offers a collection of essays which outline the political and social context in which Brontë wrote, major themes, characterizations, use of imagery and symbolism, concordances with other authors (including Thomas Carlyle, Charles Dickens, Alfred Lord Tennyson, William Shakespare, and Jane Austen), and other literary criticism and analysis.

"In a very real sense Charlotte's life was spent in mourning, in a struggle against the grim realities which surrounded her -- abandonment, brutalization, emotional deprivation, death (during her life she was forced to confront the traumatic loss of her mother, her four sisters, and her brother) and the search for reality, for her own identity. ... She wrote because writing provided her with a psychological release: life without composition was unthinkable to her."
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