Posted in Young Adult Nonfiction

The Bronte Sisters: The Brief Lives of Charlotte, Emily, and Anne by Catherine Reef

13356657The Bronte Sisters: The Brief Lives of Charlotte, Emily, and Anne
Catherine Reef
2012 Clarion Books
ISBN – 9780547579665
Age – Young Adult
Genre – Nonfiction
4 Stars

 

 

 

World famous writer Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Bronte all had very short lives, and very difficult childhoods. The book starts by telling us that their mother passed away shortly after Anne’s birth, then the two oldest Bronte sisters died at ages eleven and ten of tuberculosis. After the death of their mother, their aunt came to take of of the children as well as their widowed father. As the girls get older they are sent to boarding school, they take on many jobs as teachers and governesses, and attempt to make writing their profession. Writing as a female was frowned upon in the 1800’s as women should have their place as wives and mothers in the home. These three sister, however, would not give up.

Very interesting read that feels like the stories of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights coming to life. It becomes obvious while reading this book that these stories and others written by the Bronte sisters were probably semi-autobiographical. It is a tragic story of a family full of lives cut short.

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