The Brontes by Juliet Barker
Wild Genius on the Moors: The Story of a Literary Family

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Barker's updated and enthralling biography of the Brontes carries us deeper into the everyday realities of their strange world, and elicits sympathy for their father...
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In a revised and updated edition, the real story of the Brontë sisters, by distinguished scholar and historian Juliet Barker The story of the tragic Brontë family is familiar to everyone: we all know about the half-mad, repressive father, the drunken, drug-addicted wastrel of a brother, wildly romantic Emily, unrequited Anne, and “poor Charlotte.” Or do we? These stereotypes of the popular imagination are precisely that—imaginary—created by amateur biographers like Elizabeth Gaskell who were primarily novelists and were attracted by the tale of an apparently doomed family of genius. Juliet Barker’s landmark book is the first definitive history of the Brontës. It demolishes the myths, yet provides startling new information that is just as compelling—but true. Based on firsthand research among all the Brontë manuscripts and among contemporary historical documents never before used by Brontë biographers, this book is both scholarly and compulsively readable. The Brontës is a revolutionary picture of the world’s favorite literary family.
 

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Juliet Barker, author of Agincourt and other critically acclaimed works of history and biography, has a PhD in history from Oxford University and was for six years curator of the Brontė Parsonage Museum at Haworth. She has been involved with all recent research into the Brontės and has made many major new finds that are revealed for the first time in this book.
 
Published August 7, 2012 by Pegasus Books. 1184 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Maureen Corrigan on Aug 27 2012

Barker's updated and enthralling biography of the Brontes carries us deeper into the everyday realities of their strange world, and elicits sympathy for their father...

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Reviewed by Carmela Ciuraru on Sep 23 2012

If any writer has earned the final word about their lives, it's Barker, with her triumphant and eloquent book.

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