A fascinating and wonderfully readable deconstruction of the countless myths that have grown up around the Brontës.
Since 1857, hardly a year has gone by without some sort of Bronte 'biography' appearing. These range from pious accounts in Victorian conduct books to Freudian pyschobiographies, from plays, films and ballets to tourist brochures and images on tea-towels, from sensation-seeking penny-a-liners to meticulous works of sober scholarship. Each generation has rewritten the Brontes to reflect changing attitudes - towards the role of the woman writer, towards sexuality, towards the very concept of personality.
The Bronte Myth gives vigorous new life to our understanding of the novelists and their culture and Lucasta Miller reveals as much about the impossible art of biography as she does about the Brontes themselves.
WITH A NEW INTRODUCTION FROM THE AUTHOR
"A brilliant and riveting examination of the Bronte phenomenon"
"Written with wit and relish, and packed with irresistible detail"
"Literary history is seldom related with such a pleasant combination of brio and erudition"
"Crisply written and witty - Lucasta Miller sends the reader straight back to the wonderful novels that inspired such hommages"
"A sharp-witted study in literary reputation - Miller supplies a deft and immaculately detailed tracing of the many 'constructions' of Charlotte Bronte"