November 27, 2015

The unhappy Brontës

The Brontë Sisters: The Brief Lives of Charlotte, Emily, and Anne
by Catherine Reef

Fans of Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, and Agnes Grey will delight in how each book mirrors the lives and experiences of its respective author. The Brontë sisters suffered much misfortune, leavened by their closeness to each other and a scattering of romance. The book also details the life of their only brother, Branwell, whose failures are even more depressing. That Charlotte, Emily, and Anne managed to achieve so much in so little time is a testament to their talents.

Catherine Reef's biography draws readers right into the girls' story, allowing you to see events as if you are standing right beside them. Well-researched and noted, with excerpts of poetry, childhood stories, letters, and reviews, this captivating novel is an excellent introduction to a trio of remarkable women.

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