A Bronte Encyclopedia by Robert Barnard

By Robert Barnard

A Bront? Encyclopedia is an A- Z encyclopedia of the main outstanding literary relatives of the nineteenth century highlighting unique literary insights and the numerous humans and areas that encouraged the Bront?s’ lives.Comprises nearly 2,000 alphabetically prepared entriesDefines and describes the Bront?s' fictional characters and settingsIncorporates unique literary decisions and analyses of characters and motivesIncludes assurance of Charlotte's unfinished novels and her and Branwell's juvenile writingsFeatures over 60 illustrations

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Thomas Ball was an “agent,” while Mrs Ball, who was ill and away from home, was a former servant of the surgeon who operated, Dr Wilson. bardsley, rev. james 21 Ballynaskeagh: small town in County Down to which Patrick’s family moved in the early 1790s. The house was a more substantial affair than the ones which are believed to have housed the family earlier, and it remained in the family until the latter half of the nineteenth century. Balzac, Honoré De (1799–1850): French novelist to whom Charlotte was sometimes compared.

The swap with Patrick took place in May 1815. He and his wife later became godparents to Charlotte, and may have paid or contributed to her fees at Roe Head. He was a nephew of Hammond Roberson, and both he and his wife had private incomes. See also Green House; Roberson, Rev. Hammond Atlas: newspaper whose literary editor Charlotte met at George Smith’s. Its review of Wuthering Heights, found in Emily’s writing desk, testifies to the shock the novel produced on its early readers, but it has several insights that acknowledge its power: it calls it a “natural unnatural” story, and concludes that, whereas Jane Eyre was a “great performance; that of Ellis Bell is only a promise, but it is a colossal one” (22 Jan 1848).

Bowles, Caroline (1786 –1854): poet and second wife of Robert Southey. She apparently gave “advice and encouragement” to Branwell when he sent her his poem “Sir Henry Tunstall” (letter from Branwell to Blackwood’s, 6 Sep 1842). Southey married her after his first wife went mad and died in an asylum, but he himself had a mental breakdown a few weeks after the second marriage, and for the last four years of his life (he died in 1843) he was nursed by his new wife. Bradford: the nearest large town to Haworth and, thanks to the Industrial Revolution, a thriving, expanding, polluted place.

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