A Student's Guide to the Bronte Sisters (Understanding Literature)

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Although originally published nearly 200 years ago, the works of the Bront sisters continue to be read and reread today. Twenty-first-century readers are engaged by such issues as the vulnerability of children, the role of education in civilizing members of society, the mysteries of love, and womens independence. That JANE EYRE remains a beloved novel and WUTHERING HEIGHTS an admired one today is due at least in part to the passionate intensity of their authors writing. In short, these books convey basic truths about human experience that are as meaningful in our day as they were in the mid-nineteenth century.

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Grade 9 Up—Pasachoff incorporates criticism of the major Brontë novels within a biographical summary. Though certainly abbreviated, the story of the siblings' writing endeavors from the time they were children paints a picture that begins with imaginative isolation. As each of the sisters branched out to become teachers, tutors, or governesses, readers are given an understanding of the struggle to write versus the necessity to support the family. Pasachoff's opinions are frequently bolstered by quotes from personal letters of the Brontës and their close associates. Individual chapters are devoted to Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, and the works of Anne Brontë. One of the final chapters discusses Charlotte's disdain for her sisters' work and another looks at the Brontës' legacy. The information presented here is far less sophisticated than that found in collections such as those edited by Harold Bloom.—Joanne K. Cecere, Monroe-Woodbury High School, Central Valley, NY
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