The Brontes A to Z: The Essential Reference to Their Lives and Works (Literary A to Z)

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One of English literature's most famous families, the Brontes are known as much for their difficult lives as for the unforgettable works they produced: Charlotte's "Jane Eyre"; Emily's "Wuthering Heights"; and Anne's "Agnes Grey", among others. Over 900 entries cover the plots, characters and settings to the Brontes' works, including the juvenilia, details about family, friends and associates of the Bronte family.

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Lisa Paddock holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Toronto. Carl Rollyson is a professor of English at Baruch College, The City University of New York. Ms. Paddock and Mr. Rollyson wrote Herman Melville A to Z for Facts On File/Checkmark Books. They live in Cape May, NJ.

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In more than 500 entries, this offering from the acclaimed and popular Literary A to Z series covers every aspect of the lives of the Brontes. In their introduction, the authors note that interest in the Brontes continues to grow, thanks to "intense scholarly study and--in some cases--nearly cultlike devotion."

Alphabetically arranged, the volume includes synopses of the Brontes' writings, their publishing history, and critical reception; entries for all characters, both major and minor; historical events and people who influenced the lives and writings; real and fictional settings; and family members, friends, publishers, and even pets. There are also entries for notable Bronte biographers and scholars. The entries vary in length from 17 pages of plot summary and analysis (with photographs from film versions) for Wuthering Heights, to a few lines for Naomi Brocklehurst, founder of the infamous Lowood School in Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre. Other features include a map of Bronte country; a detailed chronology; a categorical appendix that lists entries under headings such as "Bronte Authorities" and "Publishers, Publications, and Organizations"; and a bibliography.

This volume is a good introduction to readers unfamiliar with the Brontes as well as a worthwhile resource for scholars and fans. It would be a valuable addition to high-school, public, and academic libraries.RBB
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