Charlotte Brontë

Standard Name: Brontë, Charlotte
Birth Name: Charlotte Brontë
Married Name: Mrs Arthur Bell Nicholls
Pseudonym: Currer Bell
Used Form: Charlotte Bronte
CB 's five novels, with their passionate explorations of the dilemmas facing nineteenth-century middle-class English women, have made her perhaps the most loved, imitated, resisted, and hotly debated novelist of the Victorian period.
Etching of Charlotte Brontë after a portrait by George Richmond, 1850. She is seen from the waist up, seated, with one elbow resting on a table, that hand holding a small book and the other on her lap, holding a handkerchief. She wears a flat ribbon round her neck, and a dark dress, buttoned in front, with lace trim on the sleeves and bodice. Her dark, smooth hair is pulled back and tied with a dark ribbon.
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Theme or Topic Treated in Text Margaret Oliphant
MO attacks the sensation novel, a genre of fiction which she judges to be low in subject-matter (especially in its handling of sexual material), low in class connotations, and associated chiefly with women. Her idea...
Theme or Topic Treated in Text Mary Augusta Ward
The contemporary story features a self-educated working-class intellectual and freethinker whose characterisation draws on many strands of thought of the day. Drawn after the model of self-made men such as Daniel Macmillan , William Lovett
Theme or Topic Treated in Text George Eliot
GE discounts the puffery that women authors receive from critics, claiming that praise of women's work is in inverse proportion to their ability: But if they are inclined to resent our plainness of speech, we...
Theme or Topic Treated in Text Elizabeth Rigby
ER thought Jane and Rochester were singularly unattractive
Rigby, Elizabeth. “Review: Vanity Fair; Jane Eyre; Governesses’ Benevolent Institution: Report for 1847”. Quarterly Review, pp. 153 - 85.
and found the book's prose stamped with a coarseness of language and laxity of tone . . . . It is a very remarkable book: we...
Theme or Topic Treated in Text A. S. Byatt
The writers considered (each for a single novel) are Jane Austen , Charlotte Brontë , George Eliot , Willa Cather (for nine of whose works ASB also wrote Virago introductions),
British Library Catalogue.
Iris Murdoch , and Toni Morrison .
Theme or Topic Treated in Text Alice Meynell
Many of the essays reprinted here focus on women writers who were, to put it mildly, little known to the public in the 1940s. These included: Anna Seward and Joanna Baillie , as well as...
Theme or Topic Treated in Text Margaret Kennedy
Here Kennedy argues that entertainment and enjoyment are valuable aims for the novel. She maintains that the novelist is, in essence, a storyteller, but the storyteller-novelist has been excluded by a literary society that devalues...
Theme or Topic Treated in Text Augusta Webster
She omits reviews from this collection, but provides readers with an opportunity to consider literary topics. The Translation of Poetry argues that because [i]n poetry the form of the thought is part of the thought...
Theme or Topic Treated in Text Frances Cornford
Cornford dedicated the book to the memory of her old friend and mentor,
Cornford, Frances. Collected Poems. Cresset Press, 1954.
Sir Edward Marsh . She edited the book's contents, collecting, and in some cases revising, all the poems I wish to...
Theme or Topic Treated in Text Anne Thackeray Ritchie
These pieces convey vividly personal memories of people, places, and events from her childhood, and the impact her famous writer father had on her early life. She writes: my memory is a sort of Witches'...
Theme or Topic Treated in Text Marghanita Laski
ML defines ecstasy as experiences that are joyful, transitory, unexpected, rare, valued, and extraordinary to the point of often seeming as if derived from a praeternatural source.
Laski, Marghanita. Ecstasy: A Study of Some Secular and Religious Experiences. Cresset Press, 1961.
An ecstatic state is one in which...
Travel Elizabeth Gaskell
Hereafter, Gaskell escaped from Manchester, which increasingly wearied her, by going abroad at least once a year. She spent that summer travelling through London, Wales, and then back to France, this time to...
Travel Elizabeth Gaskell
EG , wearied from a long year spent writing her biography of Charlotte Brontë , arrived in Rome for a holiday; she returned there several times in the next few years.
Uglow, Jennifer S. Elizabeth Gaskell: A Habit of Stories. Faber and Faber, 1993.


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