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The Cambridge Companion to the Brontës


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Heather Glen, Juliet Barker, Carol Bock, Angela Leighton, Stevie Davies, Jill Matus, Rick Rylance, Kate Flint, John Maynard, Patsy Stoneman
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  • Date Published: December 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521770279

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  • The extraordinary works of the three sisters Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë have entranced and challenged scholars, students, and general readers for the past 150 years. This Companion offers a fascinating introduction to those works, including two of the greatest novels of the nineteenth century - Charlotte's Jane Eyre and Emily's Wuthering Heights. In a series of original essays, contributors explore the roots of the sisters' achievement in early nineteenth-century Haworth, and the childhood 'plays' they developed; they set these writings within the context of a wider history, and show how each sister engages with some of the central issues of her time. The essays also consider the meaning and significance of the Brontës' enduring popular appeal. A detailed chronology and guides to further reading provide further reference material, making this a volume indispensable for scholars and students, and all those interested in the Brontës and their work.

    • Comprehensive and stimulating guide to the life and work of the Brontë sisters
    • Takes innovative comparative approach, setting the two great novels Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights in the context of the other novels and poems of the three sisters
    • Reflects latest research on the Brontës' life, work, and myth, in text and in chronology and guides to further reading
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    'The essays stimulate and provoke, they are well-structured, well-argued and insightful. The reader will re-read the novels and poems with new knowledge and enjoyment.' Reference Reviews

    'The collection provides us with discoveries, new angles, and unexpected perceptions.' Brontë Studies

    ' … the essays stimulate and provoke, they are well-structured, well-argued and insightful. The authors are deeply versed in their subjects and are good at exploring ideas and making the reader aware of underlying themes.' Reference Reviews

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    • Date Published: December 2002
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521770279
    • length: 272 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.57kg
    • contains: 10 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Heather Glen
    1. The Haworth context Juliet Barker
    2. The Brontës' childhood writings Carol Bock
    3. The poetry of the Brontës Angela Leighton
    4. The Professor, Agnes Grey, and Wuthering Heights Stevie Davies
    5. Jane Eyre and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall Jill Matus
    6. Shirley and Villette Heather Glen
    7. Ideology, personality, and the Brontë characters Rick Rylance
    8. Women writing and publishing Kate Flint
    9. The Brontës and religion John Maynard
    10. The Brontë myth Patsy Stoneman
    Guide to further reading.

  • Editor

    Heather Glen, University of Cambridge
    Heather Glen is senior lecturer in English at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of New Hall, Cambridge.


    Heather Glen, Juliet Barker, Carol Bock, Angela Leighton, Stevie Davies, Jill Matus, Rick Rylance, Kate Flint, John Maynard, Patsy Stoneman

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