The Brontes

The Brontes

The Brontes None

  • Title: The Brontes
  • Author: Brian Wilks
  • ISBN: 9780872260139
  • Page: 474
  • Format: Paperback
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    This was a charity shop find, and a really interesting one. It begins with the career of Patrick Bronte, from an Irish cottage to an Oxford college, and quotes examples of his letters, pamphlets and poems - a much more rounded picture than Mrs Gaskell's 'old tyrant!' It also explains his part in the mill riots that Charlotte B used in Shirley. The other big boon of this book is the good-quality, good size illustrations - the classic portrait almost full-size, but also several of Charlotte's care [...]

    The Brontës: A Biography by Brian WilksThe Content ReaderHaving just read Brian Wilks book about Jane Austen, it was with great pleasure that I opened his book about the Brontës. Being part of the Brussels Brontë Group and, as such, a fan of the Brontës, I have read quite a few biographies about them. However, as with the Jane Austen biography, I like the way Brian Wilks approach his subjects.He manages to extract the most important things on the lives he is writing about. It does not mean t [...]

    I enjoy any biography of the Bronte family, and this one was no exception. A tragic tale, in an astounding setting. This version is split into sections, which makes the reading very easy. It also gives us more information about the father, Patrick Bronte, which added to my knowledge of the family. Such a tragedy; always a fascinating read. This one is well written in an interesting manner.

    This is a superb, scholarly biography written in 1974 so some of it reads slightly outdated. Nevertheless it is a wonderful read giving a complete overview of the Brontes, both individually and collectively and their sadly short lives. We would now know that Charlotte suffered from hyperemesis, extreme vomiting in pregnancy, and doubtless the treatment of the time hastened her end.

    Not brilliantly written but a thoroughly enjoyable read and I now have a far better understanding of the Brontes and the desire to read more of them - can't ask for more than that!

    I'm glad I read this book as it gave an interesting insight into the lives of the Bronte sisters and the influences on their writing. I'm feeling inspired to read some of their works I haven't yet read. Quite readable and neatly organised it's worth a read.

    Brian Wilks usefully sets the Bronte story into context. It is easy to forget Patrick was born before the French Revolution and died after the Crimean war and must have witnessed huge industrialisation and rapid changes. It is salutary to also be reminded that despite the tragedies experienced in Haworth parsonage it was a house full of children and must have enjoyed times of laughter, particularly in the creation of the miniature books full of numerous parodies.Patrick's ambitious, courageous a [...]

    The Bröntes by Brian Wilks is informational and historical. The reader will learn interesting facts such as:*The last name was originally Prunty and later change to Brönte.*Patrick, the father, was an assistant schoolteacher and poet.*Maria, the mother, died of cancer after nine years' of marriage.*Their children, Charlotte (author of Jane Eyre), Branwill, Emily, and Anne ALL had a talent for writing.The text, though, needs to be updated as old terms such as parsonage, offal, effluvium, and sq [...]

    Readable and an interesting take on the authors and the times they lived in. I'm a real Bronte fan, having read most of the sister's books. I'll go back an re-read some of them now. This book is well researched and yet easy to read. Illuminating and enjoyable.

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