Since 1857, hardly a year has gone by without some sort of Bronte 'biography' appearing. Each generation has rewritten the Brontes to reflect changing attitudes - towards the role of the woman writer, towards sexuality, towards the very concept of personality.
Since 1857, hardly a year has gone by without some sort of Bronte 'biography' appearing. These range from pious accounts in Victorian conduct books to Freudian pyschobiographies, from plays, films and ballets to tourist brochures and images on tea-towels, from sensation-seeking penny-a-liners to meticulous works of sober scholarship. Each generation has rewritten the Brontes to reflect changing attitudes - towards the role of the woman writer, towards sexuality, towards the very concept of personality. The Bronte Myth gives vigorous new life to our understanding of the novelists and their culture and Lucasta Miller reveals as much about the impossible art of biography as she does about the Brontes themselves.
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"A brilliant and riveting examination of the Bronte phenomenon" * Daily Mail * "Brilliant...written with wit and relish, and packed with irresistible detail" * The Times * "Sharply intelligent, original and witty... Literary history is seldom related with such a pleasant combination of brio and erudition" * Sunday Times * "Crisply written and witty... Lucasta Miller...sends the reader straight back to the wonderful novels that inspired such hommages" -- Michele Roberts * Independent on Sunday * "A sharp-witted study in literary reputation... Miller supplies a deft and immaculately detailed tracing of the many 'constructions' of Charlotte Bronte" -- Joanna Griffiths * Observer *
About Lucasta Miller
Dr Lucasta Miller is the author of The Bronte Myth and a literary journalist whose work has appeared in a wide number of publications, especially the Guardian. She has been a visiting scholar at Wolfson College, Oxford and a visiting fellow at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford.
The Bronte Myth by Lucasta Miller
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