Charlotte Brontë

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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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Friends, Associates Julia Kavanagh
JK (by this time herself a published author) wrote a letter to Charlotte Brontë in praise of Jane Eyre.
Wise, Thomas J., editor. The Brontës. Porcupine Press, 1980.
II: 173
Blain, Virginia, Patricia Clements, and Isobel Grundy, editors. The Feminist Companion to Literature in English: Women Writers from the Middle Ages to the Present. Yale University Press; Batsford, 1990.
Friends, Associates Sarah Stickney Ellis
Among her few writing friends were Mary Howitt and her relations by marriage Mary and Anna Sewell . She greatly admired without personally knowing Elizabeth Fry , and felt a personal connection to Charlotte Brontë
Friends, Associates Julia Kavanagh
Charlotte Brontë called on JK at her home in London.
Wise, Thomas J., editor. The Brontës. Porcupine Press, 1980.
III: 118
Friends, Associates Harriet Martineau
HM was visited by Charlotte Brontë at her home in Ambleside.
Martineau, Harriet. “Introduction and Editorial Materials”. Selected Letters, edited by Valerie Sanders, Clarendon Press, 1990, pp. vii - xxxiii, 235.
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Friends, Associates Julia Kavanagh
Charlotte Brontë noted that while JK admired the work, she considered the Maniac Mrs Rochester to be shocking.
Blain, Virginia, Patricia Clements, and Isobel Grundy, editors. The Feminist Companion to Literature in English: Women Writers from the Middle Ages to the Present. Yale University Press; Batsford, 1990.
Wise, Thomas J., editor. The Brontës. Porcupine Press, 1980.
II: 173
The two women shared a mutual acquaintance in William Smith Williams , a reader...
Friends, Associates Elizabeth Gaskell
In August 1850, Charlotte Brontë and EG finally met at Gawthorpe Hall, near Burnley, home of Sir James Philips Kay-Shuttleworth . They had first corresponded a year previously, when Charlotte sent Elizabeth the manuscript...
Friends, Associates Harriet Martineau
Charlotte Brontë first met HM in person in December 1849, after pseudonymously contacting her by letter the month before. The ensuing friendship was marked by admiration and sympathy on both sides.
Martineau, Harriet, and Gaby Weiner. Harriet Martineau’s Autobiography. Virago, 1983.
2: 323-8
Friends, Associates Elizabeth Gaskell
EG met novelist Charlotte Brontë at the home of Sir James and Lady Kay-Shuttleworth in the Lake District. On 27 June 1851 Brontë visited Gaskell at her home in Manchester; this was the...
Friends, Associates Jane Welsh Carlyle
JWC attended a party given by Thackeray for Charlotte Brontë .
Surtees, Virginia. Jane Welsh Carlyle. Michael Russell, 1986.
211
Friends, Associates William Makepeace Thackeray
WMT was close to both of his surviving daughters, and was particularly proud when Anne 's first publication, the article Little Scholars, which appeared anonymously in the Cornhill Magazine. He was a sociable...
Friends, Associates Matthew Arnold
MA was acquainted with Charlotte Brontë and wrote a poem dedicated to her following her death. He also knew Rhoda Broughton , Emily Davies , and Harriet Martineau .
Friends, Associates Mary Taylor
Mary's descriptions of life abroad provided Charlotte Brontë with what she described as a wish for wings,
Taylor, Mary. Mary Taylor, Friend of Charlotte Brontë: Letters from New Zealand and Elsewhere. Stevens, JoanEditor , Auckland University Press; Oxford University Press, 1972.
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and MT successfully urged her and her sister Emily to pursue their studies in Brussels; they...
Health Margiad Evans
As a child of about three she had terrible nightmares about people (nuns) who were running away from something, on fire and dying. She had dreadful dreams again at about seventeen, and then a recurrent...
Health Emily Brontë
EB apparently had a very independent character. In a famous incident related to Elizabeth Gaskell by Charlotte , Emily tried to help a possibly rabid dog, only to have it bite her. She immediately went...
Health Dora Carrington
Carrington attempted to give herself a miscarriage by riding a horse violently, and when this did not work she became depressed to a nearly suicidal degree.
Gerzina, Gretchen. Carrington: A Life of Dora Carrington, 1893-1932. John Murray, 1989.
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She had mused to Gerald Brenan in 1920...

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