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Brontes: Wild Genius on the Moors: The Story of a Literary Family
Brontes: Wild Genius on the Moors: The Story of a Literary Family | Juliet Barker
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The story of the tragic Bronte family is familiar to everyone: we all know about the half-mad, repressive father, the drunken, drug-addled 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 such as Mrs. 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 Brontes. It demolishes the myths, yet provides startling new information that is just as compelling - but true. Based on first-hand research among all the Bronte manuscripts, including contemporary historical documents never before used by Bronte biographers, this book is both scholarly and compulsively readable. The Brontes is a revolutionary picture of the world''s favorite literary family.
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Branwell, Charlotte, Emily, & Anne Brontë all had to move back in with their father as adults because they couldn't get/keep permanent employment. THE O.G. MILLENNIALS.


I'm an apathetic agnostic (don't know, don't care), but poor Patrick...I kind of *have* to hope there's a lovely afterlife, if just for this one guy.

(For those unfamiliar, Patrick Brontë was the father of *deep breath* Maria, Elizabeth, Charlotte, Branwell, Emily, & Anne Brontë. He outlived his wife & all his children.)

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Melissa_J Do you like the Brontë sisters, Leah? I can‘t tell ? 2y
rubyslippersreads 😍😍😍 2y
erzascarletbookgasm Wow, your Brontë shelf! ? 2y
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saresmoore It‘s official: you‘re the coolest. 2y
ValerieAndBooks Wow! Your collection continues to amaze me. 2y
batsy This collection makes me so happy! I knew you were going to do the Brontës for this 😁😘 2y
LeahBergen @Melissa_J Just a wee bit. 😆 2y
LeahBergen @batsy I‘m pretty predictable 😆 2y
rohit-sawant 😍😍😍 2y
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I didn‘t realize this was a chunker. I think I just got carried away ordering.

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Not so much reading this book as entering into a long-term relationship with it!

DebinHawaii Hah! Love it! 🤣🤣 2y
mayusteapot Oof, this one's been a long-term resident on my shelf. Maybe I'll get into it... this year? 2y
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A nice big book to settle into for a couple hours

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The coolest return address on any piece of mail EVER. 😍

ScorpioBookDreams I really want to visit there one day! 😍 2y
Pruzy Nice! Are you a member? Is that how you got the slick bookmark? 2y
LeahBergen @ScorpioBookDreams Oh, you MUST. ❤️ 2y
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LeahBergen @Pruzy Yes! I just became a member and the bookmark is part of the "welcome" package. ?? (edited) 2y
ferskner 😮 2y
TrishB Very cool 👍 2y
rubyslippersreads I may have to join. 2y
ValerieAndBooks How fun!! 2y
rohit-sawant Oo, that's awesome! 2y
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The Bronts: A Life in Letters | Juliet R. V. Barker
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Charlotte Bronte disses Jane Austen in a letter to George Henry Lewes (critic and partner of George Eliot). ?

"These observations will probably irritate you, but I shall run the risk" = my new Litsy tag line. ??

LeahBergen @shawnmooney You may need to preface your "bails" with this line, too. ? 3y
batsy That's a great line! Anyway, I love thinking about this. "Was Bronte right about Austen?" is the kind of thing that keeps me up at night ? 3y
shawnmooney If you can't say anything nice come sit by me! 😍 3y
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Kalalalatja Oh, the sassyness 😂 3y
Tsubame I looooooove it! 😁 3y
TheAliceEvers Amazing!! 😱😂 3y
tpixie So interesting. Brontë vs Austin Hemingway vs Everyone! 3y
Izai.Amorim 😂😂 3y
ScorpioBookDreams Would you be able to do me a favour, please? I'd like the preorder goodies for When Dimple Met Rishi but they are only available in the US/Canada. Any chance you'd be willing to receive them and post them on? Don't worry if you can't though! Xxx 3y
drokka Le plus ça change, le plus ça reste le même. Im not sure glad is the right word, maybe interesting is better. I find interesting the writer jealousies have always existed. It's kind of nice to see how authors we sort of group together today, were far from viewing each other as equals in œuvre. 3y
readinginthedark There are a lot of good authors who underestimate Austen; it's pretty interesting. Virginia Woolf wrote a critique of her work, and a lot of what Woolf writes accomplishes similar things for the reader! But her writing style is completely different, and someone almost always dies. 3y
LeahBergen @ScorpioBookDreams Sure! I sent you a message on Goodreads. 3y
LeahBergen @batsy Right? And then I was thinking, "what would Austen think of Jane Eyre?!" ? 3y
LeahBergen @shawnmooney Yes!! 👏🏻👏🏻 3y
LeahBergen @tpixie Haha! Yes! 3y
LeahBergen @drokka It's fascinating, isn't it? 3y
andrew61 That is a wonderful quote. 3y
rubyslippersreads @LeahBergen @batsy She might consider it something Catherine Morland would enjoy. 😄 3y
Hobbinol I love that! Good one! 3y
tpixie @drokka c'est vrai! 3y
batsy @rubyslippersreads @LeahBergen They're so stylistically different it's fun to think about ☺️ Austen would have prob delivered a delicious backhanded compliment! 3y
LeahBergen @batsy Austen would have put her in one of her novels as one of her frumpy, hypochondriac comic characters. 😄 3y
batsy @LeahBergen Oh yes! 💚 3y
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They look exactly like I always pictured them! Loving the BBC's Bronte biopic "We Walk Invisible."

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Reading equipment. #readjanuary

cariashley That Banks album is such fab reading music 👍🏻👍🏻 3y
Kelly banks ❤️❤️ 3y
RealLifeReading Nice bookmarks 3y
Jeanette Glad to see the Banks love! She's amazing. Also: the floral bookmark is from a craft store, probably 8 years ago and the other one is a Halloween treat bag tag. I got I think 6 for $1. 3y
Jeanette Or maybe $3... 3y
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It will be a miracle if I finish this Bronte book by the end of the month, but this my January TBR, in addition to Trainwreck by Sady Doyle on my kindle. #readjanuary

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Riiiiiiiiiiight. Older men have been saying this about/to younger women forever.

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December's literary house. Maybe my favorite yet. Hoping there's a 2017 calendar with new homes!

estellasrevenge Sooooo pretty! 3y
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When you're walking home and go "WHAT is in this purse?!" and then oh yeah it's this monster

BookishFeminist 😂 sad but true. Love handing my bag off to someone who thinks I innocently don't have a giant tome with me at all times. 3y
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#WCW The Brontë Sisters painted by their brother Bramwell (who included himself then painted that out leaving but a ghostly outline) have been on my walls since I picked up the poster at an exhibit in New York in the late 90's, so ya, I guess you could say I'm a bit of a fan girl : @BookishFeminist

BookBabe 😍👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 3y
LeahBergen ❤️❤️ 3y
ValerieAndBooks Wow, has there ever been any X-ray analysts that shows his image? Why did he paint himself out? 🤔 3y
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BookishFeminist ❤️❤️❤️ the Bronte sisters! 3y
ValerieAndBooks @KVanRead Interesting story! Seems like the poor guy was both literally and figuratively overshadowed. 3y
KVanRead @ValerieAndBooks yes, I think that's one of the things I like most about the picture. 3y
tpixie @KVanRead @ValerieAndBooks love the story behind the painting! Makes the painting special! 3y
KVanRead @tpixie yes, we book lovers like anything with a story behind it, don't we?😍 3y
tpixie @KVanRead - exactly! Always looking for the story. 😜 3y
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