Publisher description for The Cambridge companion to the Brontes / edited by Heather Glen.

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Counter The extraordinary works of the three sisters Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë have entranced and challenged scholars, students, and general readers for the past 150 years. This Companion offers a fascinating introduction to those works, including two of the greatest novels of the nineteenth century - Charlotte's Jane Eyre and Emily's Wuthering Heights. In a series of original essays, contributors explore the roots of the sisters' achievement in early nineteenth-century Haworth, and the childhood 'plays' they developed; they set these writings within the context of a wider history, and show how each sister engages with some of the central issues of her time. The essays also consider the meaning and significance of the Brontës' enduring popular appeal. A detailed chronology and guides to further reading provide further reference material, making this a volume indispensable for scholars and students, and all those interested in the Brontës and their work.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Bronte family Handbooks, manuals, etc, Bronte, Charlotte, 1816-1855 Criticism and interpretation Handbooks, manuals, etc, Bronte, Emily, 1818-1848 Criticism and interpretation Handbooks, manuals, etc, Bronte, Anne, 1820-1849 Criticism and interpretation Handbooks, manuals, etc, Women and literature England Yorkshire Handbooks, manuals, etc, Yorkshire (England) In literature Handbooks, manuals, etc