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By Lucasta Miller

In a super mixture of biography, literary feedback, and historical past, The Bronté Myth indicates how Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Bronté turned cultural icons whose ever-changing reputations mirrored the obsessions of varied eras.

When literary London realized that Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights were written by way of younger rural spinsters, the Brontés immediately grew to become as recognized as their shockingly passionate books. quickly after their deaths, their first biographer spun the sisters right into a picturesque fantasy of relations tragedies and Yorkshire moors. Ever considering that, those enigmatic figures have tempted generations of readers–Victorian, Freudian, feminist–to reinterpret them, casting them as every little thing from family saints to sex-starved hysterics. In her bewitching “metabiography,” Lucasta Miller follows the twists and turns of the phenomenon of Bront-mania and rescues those 3 fiercely unique geniuses from the distortions of legend.

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I. John Murray III: F. Espinasse, “The House of Murray,” Harper’s New Monthly Magazine (September, 1885), p. 520. Page xvi George L. Duyckinck: frontispiece to vol. II of Cyclopædia of American Literature, rev. ed. (Philadelphia: Zell, 1875). The Harper brothers: photograph by Mathew Brady, c. 1850, courtesy of the Library of Congress. Charles F. Briggs: The Knickerbocker Gallery (New York: Hueston, 1855), facing p. [481]. George William Curds: Knickerbocker Gallery, facing p. [329]. George P. Putnam: frontispiece to George Haven Putnam, A Memoir of George Palmer Putnam, vol.

557–61. The invective of Melville’s long letter and its attention to wordplay give some clue as to the debating skills and modes of rhetoric familiar to members of the Philo Logos Society, and again raise the possibility that these letters were written in part as rhetorical exercises designed to attract attention to the club. The full title of the book Melville accuses Van Loon of drawing upon for his “vulgar” rhetoric is Slang. A Dictionary of the Turf, the Ring, the Chase, the Pit, of Bon-Ton, and the Varieties of Page 13 Life, Forming the Completest and Most Authentic Lexicon Balatronicum Hitherto Offered to the Notice of the Sporting World, For Elucidating Words and Phrases that are necessarily, or purposely, cramp, mutative, and unintelligible, outside their respective Spheres.

Sealts [followed by entry number] Merton M. , Melville’s Reading. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1988. See also: “A Supplementary Note to Melville’s Reading (1988),” Melville Society Extracts 80 (February 1990), 5–10. Page xiii Sealts, Early Lives Merton M. , The Early Lives of Melville: Nineteenth-Century Biographical Sketches and Their Authors. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1974. Sealts, Melville as Lecturer Merton M. , Melville as Lecturer. : Folcroft, 1973. Thorp Herman Melville: Representative Selections, ed.

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