11/19/12

The Bronte Sisters: The Brief Lives of Charlotte, Emily, and Anne

Author: Catherine Reef 
Pages: 240 
Publisher: Clarion 
Format: Hardcover 
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads): The Brontë sisters are among the most beloved writers of all time, best known for their classic nineteenth-century novels Jane Eyre (Charlotte), Wuthering Heights (Emily), and Agnes Grey (Anne). In this sometimes heartbreaking young adult biography, Catherine Reef explores the turbulent lives of these literary siblings and the oppressive times in which they lived. Brontë fans will also revel in the insights into their favorite novels, the plethora of poetry, and the outstanding collection of more than sixty black-and-white archival images. A powerful testimony to the life of the mind.



Disclaimer: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. 

This was an extremely informative and enjoyable read! Not many people know about the authors behind the beloved classics, and I had a great time learning about the lives of these three incredible authors. I really enjoyed studying the black and white photographs included in the novel - it made me feel like I really got to know Charlotte, Emily, and Anne - as well as all the quirky little stories about their lives. I liked the fact that the author does not sugarcoat any aspect of the girls' lives - she tells it like it is, not trying to make them seem like saints. Through Reef's descriptions, we learn just what the three Bronte sisters were like and what could have inspired their amazing literary works. 

It's definitely worth the read if you're a fan of any of the Bronte sisters' novels!

1 comment:

  1. This sounds like a fascinating read. I really enjoy reading nonfiction, so this one sounds right up my alley.

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