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Edward Chitham's biography of Anne Bronte, the often underrated sister of Charlotte and Emily, makes imaginative use of recent research to redefine the personal and artistic relationship between Anne and her sisters, especially Emily. It produces new evidence about Anne's life away from home and re-examines the traumatic period before and after Branwell's 'disgrace'. It mo Edward Chitham's biography of Anne Bronte, the often underrated sister of Charlotte and Emily, makes imaginative use of recent research to redefine the personal and artistic relationship between Anne and her sisters, especially Emily. It produces new evidence about Anne's life away from home and re-examines the traumatic period before and after Branwell's 'disgrace'. It modifies the conventionally held view of Agnes Grey and reviews the evidence for Anne's relationship with William Weightman. Now available in paperback, this biography provides an elegant and original life of one of the remarkable Bronte sisters.


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Edward Chitham's biography of Anne Bronte, the often underrated sister of Charlotte and Emily, makes imaginative use of recent research to redefine the personal and artistic relationship between Anne and her sisters, especially Emily. It produces new evidence about Anne's life away from home and re-examines the traumatic period before and after Branwell's 'disgrace'. It mo Edward Chitham's biography of Anne Bronte, the often underrated sister of Charlotte and Emily, makes imaginative use of recent research to redefine the personal and artistic relationship between Anne and her sisters, especially Emily. It produces new evidence about Anne's life away from home and re-examines the traumatic period before and after Branwell's 'disgrace'. It modifies the conventionally held view of Agnes Grey and reviews the evidence for Anne's relationship with William Weightman. Now available in paperback, this biography provides an elegant and original life of one of the remarkable Bronte sisters.

30 review for A Life of Anne Brontë (Blackwell Critical Biographies)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Gea

    This was so fascinating! I only wish there was more. . . more Anne . . . more poetry . . . more stories. Anne was so private, we know quite little about her and unlike Charlotte only 5 of her letters have survived. In this biography, Chitham takes care not to take any liberties with her story. He doesn't give time to legends or myths and there have been quite a few that have risen around the mysterious Bronte women. He keeps this bio very down to earth and rooted in fact, which was its strength This was so fascinating! I only wish there was more. . . more Anne . . . more poetry . . . more stories. Anne was so private, we know quite little about her and unlike Charlotte only 5 of her letters have survived. In this biography, Chitham takes care not to take any liberties with her story. He doesn't give time to legends or myths and there have been quite a few that have risen around the mysterious Bronte women. He keeps this bio very down to earth and rooted in fact, which was its strength but also its weakness. Because I want more Anne!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Moira Russell

    A sensitive and scholarly portrait of a neglected author by a respected authority on the Brontes.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ben Lovegrove

    Chitham pieces together Anne's life using the evidence of her poems, suggesting they are "pillars of witness" to specific events in her life. At first this seems dubious but he does have a compelling argument and has access to documents unavailable to previous biographers. Chitham pieces together Anne's life using the evidence of her poems, suggesting they are "pillars of witness" to specific events in her life. At first this seems dubious but he does have a compelling argument and has access to documents unavailable to previous biographers.

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