January 2015: The Brontë Cabinet by Deborah Lutz
Deborah Lutz’s fascinating new book, THE BRONTË CABINET: Three Lives in Nine Objects [W.W. Norton & Company; May 11, 2015; $27.95 hardcover], is an intimate portrait of the lives and writings of the Brontë sisters, drawn from the objects they possessed.
The compelling story of the Brontës is told through the things they wore, stitched, wrote on, and inscribed at the parsonage in Haworth. From Charlotte’s writing desk and the manuscripts it contained to the brass collar worn by Emily’s dog, Keeper, each object opens a window onto the sisters’ world, their fiction, and the Victorian era. By unfolding the histories of the things they used, the chapters form a chronological biography of this interknit family. A walking stick evokes Emily’s solitary hikes on the moors and the stormy heath-itself a character in Wuthering Heights. Charlotte’s bracelet containing Anne and Emily’s intertwined hair gives voice to her grief over their deaths. These possessions pull us into their daily lives: the death of their mother and two sisters, the imaginary kingdoms of their childhood writing, their time as governesses, and their stubborn efforts to make a mark on the world.
Deborah Lutz’s books include Pleasure Bound: Victorian Sex Rebels and the New Eroticism and Relics of Death in Victorian Literature and Culture. A professor of English at Long Island University, she lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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January 2015: Path to the Silent Country by Lynne Reid Banks
Endeavour Press, the UK’s leading independent publisher of digital books, has recently reissued Path to the Silent Country by Lynne Reid Banks. It is the sequel to the critically acclaimed Dark Quartet: The Story of the Brontës. Charlotte Brontë, who has recently suffered a triple blow in the form of the deaths of her brother and her sisters, travels to the capital to immerse herself among the literary élite.
Lynne Reid Banks charts her loves and losses in this compelling fictionalized account of Charlotte’s struggles and her sacrifices for her family.
October 2014: Dark Quartet – The Story of the Brontës by Lynne Reid Banks
Endeavour Press – the UK’s leading independent digital publisher has recently reissued Lynne Reid Banks’ fictionalized account of the lives of the Brontë sisters.
Previously published by Penguin to high acclaim Dark Quartet was described as ‘thoroughly gripping’ by Cosmopolitan, and the Yorkshire Post said it is ‘a novel which will open many eyes afresh to the lives of the remarkable and gifted Brontës’.
Lynne Reid Banks is a bestselling author whose works have been adapted into film. She was awarded the Yorkshire Art Association Award for Dark Quartet.
In ‘Dark Quartet’ Lynne Reid Banks tells the beautiful, haunting story of the Brontë family and their perilous path to fame.
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August 2014: The Poetic World of Emily Brontë by Laura Inman (Contributed by Brontë Society American Chapter member Marie C. Hennedy, Ph.D)
Dear Brontë Enthusiasts, I would like to get the word out about a recently published book on Emily Brontë, The Poetic World of Emily Brontë. Unlike any other collection of Emily Brontë’s poetry, this book arranges selected poems by thematic topic: nature, mutability, love, death, captivity and freedom, hope and despair, imagination, and spirituality. It gives a biographical and literary context for Brontë’s poetry and interpretations or explanations after each poem, with many references to Wuthering Heights. The book is available as an e-book and paperback on Amazon.com. and directly from the publisher it. I have attached the publisher’s notice that gives direct ordering information and a description of the book.
Best regards, Laura Inman
Submitted by author: The Poetic World of Emily Brontë – Poems from the Author of Wuthering Heights by Laura Inman Emily Brontë is known as a novelist, but she was first and equally a poet. Before during and after writing Wuthering Heights, she wrote poetry. Indeed, she wrote virtually nothing else for us to read – no other work of fiction or correspondence. Her poems, however, fill this void. They are varied, lyrical, intriguing, and innovative, yet they are not well known. The Poetic World of Emily Brontë brings an unjustifiably marginalized poet out of the shadows and presents her poetry in a way that enables readers, even those who shy away from poetry, to appreciate her work. Unlike any other collection of Brontë’s poetry, this volume arranges poems by thematic topic: nature, mutability, love, death, captivity and freedom, hope and despair, imagination, and spirituality. It provides literary and biographical information on each topic and interpretations, explanations and insights into each poem. Fans of Wuthering Heights wanting more from Emily Brontë will discover that her poetry is as memorable and powerful as her novel.
Laura Inman is an independent scholar who has long been fascinated by Emily Brontë and has written about Wuthering Heights and Brontë’s poetry in Brontë Studies and Victorians: Journal of Culture and Literature. She is a freelance writer, whose essays and fiction appear in online magazines and blogs, including her own blog, thelivingphilosopher.com. Formerly she practiced law, holding a J.D. degree from The University of Texas Law School. She lives in Rye, New York.