Fun Facts Friday: Charlotte Brontë
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / April 20, 2012

Tomorrow, 21 April will be the birthday of author Charlotte Brontë who was born in 1816. While I did not care much for Jane Eyre , I did appreciate its literary qualities. Check out my Fun Facts Friday on Charlotte’s sister, Emily. Books by Charlotte Brontë 1 ) Charlotte Brontë was the only one of her sisters to live past the ripe old age of 31. 2 ) The author’s most famous work, Jane Eyre, was originally published in 1847 under the nom-de-plume Currer Bell. 3 ) After Jane Eyre was published, the Brontë family suffered three tragedies in eight months. In September 1848 the family’s only son, Branwell, died, Emily died in December of 1848 and Anne died in May 1849. Charlotte stopped writing for a while but continued her second novel, Shirley, after Anne’s death as a way of dealing with her grief. 4 ) As a way of gaining attention to her Shirley, Charlotte sent copies leading authors of the time including Elizabeth Gaskell. 5 ) Charlotte’s third book, Villette, was the last one published in her lifetime. As her previous novels, the book has some autobiographical aspects. The novel was acknowledged as having sophisticated writing, but…

Fun Facts Friday: Robert Southey
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / August 12, 2011

On this day in 1774 Robert Southey (12 August 1774 – 21 March 1843), England’s poet laureate from 1813 until his death in 1843, was born. While Mr. Southey seems to have been forgotten by today’s world of poetry, in his time he was widely read and admired.

Book Review: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
3 Stars , Fiction / December 1, 2010

I borrowed this book. My rating for Jane Eyre – 3 About: “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Brontë is an 1847 novel published as “Jane Eyre. An Autobiography” under the nom de plume of “Currer Bell”.  The novel is told in first person narrative and goes through five distinct stages in Jane’s life.  In spite of many dark elements the novel has strong elements of right vs. wrong as well as morality. Feeling too adequate? Buy the book to get a lesson on how inadequate you really are? Thoughts: I can certainly see why “Jane Eyre” is considered a classic. Brontë’s use of strong language , rhetorical brilliance and lovely narrative are certainly impressive.  The author also had the guts to tackle many social issues head on, something that we, at this voyeuristic age, seem to take for granted.  Even though this book was not meant to be  historical, several decades later I found it captivating to read about the day-to-day living of 1800’s England. The book described the fascinating social ladder of the 1800’s where governesses (nannies/teachers) were far below their employers, yet often better educated.  I felt that Jane’s assertions to Rochester that she is  his equal was something…

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