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A fascinating and wonderfully readable deconstruction of the countless myths that have grown up around the Brontes.
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.
Ever since Elizabeth Gaskell's biography of Charlotte Bronte, the Bronte sisters have assumed a mythic stature that often exceeds that of their novels, sometimes approaching cult status. An ex-Hell's Angels' biker claimed at the 1994 meeting of the Bronte Society to channel Charlotte's spirit! Their lives have been the subject of many biographies but also the inspiration for numerous plays, poems, novels, movies, and television. Miller, deputy literary editor of the Independent, here offers what she terms a "metabiography" to trace the developing biographical image that informs the various myths, and to recover the writer's life of Charlotte, Emily, and to a lesser degree Anne. Miller is conversant with the various biographical readings of the Brontes-romantic, sentimental, psychoanalytical, feminist, Marxist, postfeminist, and even postcolonial-which she examines with clarity, insight, wit, and verve. Miller's book represents cultural studies at its best and makes for an important contribution to the specialist but also a joy to the enthusiast. Highly recommended.-T.L. Cooksey, Armstrong Atlantic State Univ., Savannah, GA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
"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 *