Charlotte Bronte: A Fiery Heart by Claire Harman puts her unrequited romance at the center of her creative life

Charlotte Bronte: A Fiery Heart by Claire Harman puts her unrequited romance at the center of her creative life

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LA Times book review – LA Times

After encouraging Charlotte’s talents, Constantin Heger, who has been teaching her French literature, has grown more formal, signaling that he “will never see her in a romantic light.” Ultimately, Harman writes, he will “cost her two years of intense heartache, humiliation and futile hope.”

As she recounts in a letter to her sister Emily and, later, in the novel “Villette,” Charlotte wanders forlornly into a cathedral, an unfamiliar haunt for the daughter of a Church of England minister with Methodist inclinations. There she confesses, in French, to a priest. The experience “solaced” her and “gave her an idea not just of how to survive or override her most powerful feelings, but of how to transmute them into art,” Harman writes.

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Just discovered the Cozy Classics version of Pride and Prejudice at Munro’s. They managed to recapture the plot in about 10 concise words and I’m kind of in love.

I don’t think the video quite does these justice. They’re board books with one word pages. I’ve just ordered Pride and Prejudice. I can’t wait until Jane Eyre comes out in the fall. (No, I don’t have any young children to read them to. They’re for me, okay?)

Cozy Classics Trailer – Pride and Prejudice | Moby Dick (by cozyclassics)

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New Charlotte Bronte Biography

New Charlotte Bronte Biography