The Life of Charlotte Bronte Book Summary and Study Guide

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Mrs. Gaskell's book is the first biography written of Charlotte Bronte. Having the advantage of knowing the author and the problems facing a woman writer in the 19th century, Mrs. Gaskell painted the picture of a benevolent homebody who seems to have written in her spare time. She spends a lot of time describing the isolated Yorkshire moors where Charlotte grew up and the effects of the dominating human males in her family and their melancholy dispositions. She also talks about Charlotte's work habits.
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When Charlotte became more well known, after the publication of Jane Eyre, Mrs. Gaskell underemphasizes her agressiveness and drive as these are qualities inappropriate for a 19th century woman. The book is important because it gives a contemporary's view of what Charlotte Bronte was like.
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Plot & Themes

job/profession:    -   writer Job/profession/poverty story    -   Yes Period of greatest activity?    -   1600-1899

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   writer Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   British


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   6 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Century:    -   19th century

Writing Style

If this is a kid's book:    -   Age 16-Adult Pictures/Illustrations?    -   More 6-10 B&W How much dialogue in bio?    -   little dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   0-25% of book

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