The Life of Charlotte Brontë by Elizabeth Gaskell
If you prefer to look beyond the novel to the writer herself this is the brilliant biography of Charlotte Brontë, written by Elizabeth Gaskell in 1857 two years after Charlotte's death. Although Mrs. Gaskell did not like Charlotte's novels she did admire the author of 'Jane Eyre', and this biography helped to create the Brontë myth. This was the first biography written about a woman novelist by a woman novelist and was described as follows by Charlotte's father Patrick Brontë;
"It is in every way worthy of what one Great Woman, should have written of Another...it ought to stand, and will stand in the first rank, of Biographies, till the end of time,"
This is a Penguin Classic paperback 1998.
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