The Brontes

Wild Genius on the Moors: The Story of a Literary Family

By Juliet Barker
(Pegasus Books, Paperback, 9781605984599, 1158pp.)

Publication Date: June 2013

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover

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The story of the tragic Bronte family is familiar to everyone: we all know about the half-mad, repressive father, the drunken, drug-addled wastrel of a brother, wildly romantic Emily, unrequited Anne, and "poor Charlotte." Or do we? These stereotypes of the popular imagination are precisely that - imaginary - created by amateur biographers such as Mrs. Gaskell who were primarily novelists and were attracted by the tale of an apparently doomed family of genius. Juliet Barker''s landmark book is the first definitive history of the Brontes. It demolishes the myths, yet provides startling new information that is just as compelling - but true. Based on first-hand research among all the Bronte manuscripts, including contemporary historical documents never before used by Bronte biographers, this book is both scholarly and compulsively readable. The Brontes is a revolutionary picture of the world''s favorite literary family.

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