THE BRONTES WEB OF CHILDHOOD by Fannie Elizabeth Ratchford

THE BRONTES WEB OF CHILDHOOD

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KIRKUS REVIEW

From a detailed analysis of the ""juvenilia"", the Fronte childhood manuscripts which have been only lately made accessible, the author has been able to open many doors, and dispel many legends, concerning that gifted, haunted family. From the stories, poems, novels, dramas and histories written over a period of fifteen years, a world of nonsense and fancy, a ""web of sunny air"", is shown, instead of the bleak, lonely household usually pictured. Here are the sources of future genius; here is the negation of Branwell's talents; here is Charlotte's abortive love affair. A provocative and seemingly conclusive evaluation of prolific papers that have been often dismissed as meaningless. A book for students of literature. And a beautiful piece of bookmaking.

Publisher: Columbia Univ. Press