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Charlotte Bronte: A Passionate Life

Lyndall Gordon

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Biography: general, Prose: non-fiction

From the highly acclaimed author of VINDICATION: A LIFE OF MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT comes this extraordinary analysis of Charlotte Bronte.

In this groundbreaking and unconventional biography, Lyndall Gordon dismantles the insistent image of Charlotte Bronte as a modest Victorian lady, the slave to duty in the shadow of tombstones, revealing instead a strong and fiery woman who shaped her own life and transformed it into art.
'Sensitive, open-minded, vivid, full of psychological insight, [Gordon's] book is a brilliant reappraisal of Charlotte Bronte's life, work, and the flow between the two... It is also a deeply moving story' Jackie Wullschlager, Financial Times

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Praise for Charlotte Bronte: A Passionate Life

  • An exemplary biography: brisk but attentive to all nuance; lucid and open in its judgements; wearing its learning lightly but visibly - Jan Marsh, New Statesman

  • Brilliant and powerful...[Gordon] brings us the closest we are ever likely to get to an understanding of the source of Charlotte Bronte's creative genius...Bronte biography has, at last, come of age - Mark Bostridge, TES

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Lyndall Gordon

Lyndall Gordon is the prizewinning author of biographies including CHARLOTTE BRONTE, VIRGINIA WOOLF, SHARED LIVES and MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT. Born and raised in South Africa, Lyndall is a fellow of St Hilda's College, Oxford.

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