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448 pages
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Reprint edition 1996
ISBN-10: 0393314480

This highly acclaimed biography looks beyond the insistent image of the modest Victorian lady, the slave to duty in the shadow of tombstones.

Instead we see a strong, fiery woman who shaped her own life and transformed it into art.

Lyndall Gordon looks at the shared gifts and class ambitions of the Bronte¨ family, and also at significant people?the active feminist Mary Taylor, the demanding mentor Constantin Heger, the rising publisher George Smith?whom Charlotte strove to possess in life and fiction.

Drawing on unpublished letters, the “Roe Head Journal,” early stories, the manuscript of Villette, and her last, unfinished novel, Lyndall Gordon explores the gaps in Charlotte Bronte¨’s life.

How did she arrive at her understanding of passion from a woman’s point of view? Could she resolve the testing conflict between a writer’s life and a seemingly incongruous marriage to the devoted curate Arthur Bell Nicholls?

Looking into the shadow between the facts, Gordon takes biography into that unseen space where this woman of genius was able to live..

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“[The] contradictions in [Bronte¨’s] life are not only fully chronicled by Lyndall Gordon’s splendid new biography, but also gracefully explicated to give the reader a vivid and emotionally detailed portrait of the novelist and her work. . . . [Gordon] chooses to use her imaginative sympathies?honed to precision with earlier biographies of Virginia Woolf and T. S. Eliot?to delineate her subject’s rich interior life.” ?Michiko Kakutani, New York Times
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