Charlotte Bronte: A Fiery Heart (Paperback)

A Fiery Heart

By Claire Harman

Vintage, 9780345803412, 496pp.

Publication Date: February 7, 2017

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Description

Charlotte Bronte famously lived her entire life in an isolated parsonage on a remote English moor with a demanding father and with siblings whose astonishing creativity was a closely held secret. The genius of Claire Harman's biography is that it transcends these melancholy facts to reveal a woman for whom duty and piety gave way to quiet rebellion and fierce ambition. Drawing on letters unavailable to previous biographers, Harman depicts Charlotte's inner life with absorbing intensity. Bronte's blazingly intelligent female characters brimming with hidden passions transformed English literature, even as a heartrending series of personal losses followed the author's literary success. Charlotte Bronte A Fiery Heart is a groundbreaking view of the beloved writer as a young woman ahead of her time.



About the Author

CLAIRE HARMAN is the author of Sylvia Townsend Warner, for which she won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, as well as biographies of Fanny Burney and Robert Louis Stevenson, and Jane's Fame: How Jane Austen Conquered the World. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a frequent reviewer. She divides her time between New York City and Oxford, England. www.claireharman.com
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