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Subject: Non Fiction on the Bronte's
Date Posted: 10/26/2008 12:37 AM ET
Member Since: 4/16/2008
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Hi Everyone,

I'm looking for a good (readable) non fiction book on the Brontes. What I would really love is a non fiction book that has the letters of Charlotte. But I'm also interested in the whole family. I've not been able to find any at all in the bookstore near my house and I'm going to be going to an independent bookstore within the next week or so and I wanted a couple titles to look for.

And, seeing as how I'm a horrible chooser of non fiction books I thought I would ask here :)

thanks in advance!

Date Posted: 10/27/2008 2:31 AM ET
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I don't know of any title names but I would check out Amazon.com they have everything and you can usually get them used at a good price.
Date Posted: 11/5/2008 12:42 AM ET
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no I don't. Thank you :)

 

Date Posted: 11/5/2008 11:41 AM ET
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The best book on the Brontes I ever read was 'The Brontes' by Juliet Barker. It was so good, that I actually went out and bought her next book too, 'The Brontes: A Life in Letters' , and I never usually want to read the original letters. But they wrote so often to each other and Juliet Barker was great at drawing out their emotional and creative development from all the Gondal letters and juvenilia... I would highly recommend both books!

Date Posted: 11/6/2008 8:56 AM ET
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A classic book about the Brontes, but primarily Charlotte, is Elizabeth Gaskell's The Life of Charlotte Bronte. Elizabeth Gaskell, also a well-known Victorian novelist, was a contemporary and friend of Charlotte Bronte, and this book was written at the request of Charlotte's father after her death in 1855. It is also richly interspersed with letters.