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In this groundbreaking and unconventional biography, Lyndall Gordon dismantles the insistent image of Charlotte Bronte as a modest Victorian lady, the slave to duty in the shadow of tombstones, revealing instead a strong and fiery woman who shaped her own life and transformed it into art.

‘Sensitive, open-minded, vivid, full of psychological insight, [Gordon’s] book is a brilliant reappraisal of Charlotte Bronte’s life, work, and the flow between the two . . . It is also a deeply moving story’ Jackie Wullschlager, Financial Times


An exemplary biography: brisk but attentive to all nuance; lucid and open in its judgements; wearing its learning lightly but visibly
Jan Marsh, New Statesman
Brilliant and powerful . . . [Gordon] brings us the closest we are ever likely to get to an understanding of the source of Charlotte Bronte's creative genius . . . Bronte biography has, at last, come of age
Mark Bostridge, TES