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This encyclopedia of the Brontës concerns itself with the family, their writings, and their lives. It tries to cover their own characters and experiences, the people they met, corresponded with, or were influenced by; the places they went to; and their works from the juvenilia and adolescent sagas to the finished fiction and poetry.(1)This excludes voluntary all the critical evolution of the Brontës' writings (the contemporary critical reception is well covered, of course), the adaptations of the novels in other formats, biographies (with the exception of Gaskell's Life) and so on.(2)
This proposal, out of scale and out of style, was scuppered by Brontë Society members, who in successive years voted off the Society's Council members who had supported it.Or this other gem in Elizabeth Rigby's entry:
Her perverse judgements of Jane Eyre and its author can be seen as springing from her obvious prejudices: she is obsessed with gentility and breeding, and she is a sucker for duchesses ("it was something to be walked off one's legs by two Duchesses!") and leading lights of the Tory party. (...) She was a notable mid-Victorian woman of letters, but not someone one would have wanted to meet (unless one was a duchess).On the shelves of the Brontë bookcase that each Brontë scholar or aficionado would dream of, A Brontë Encyclopedia should be in a prominent position, near the Oxford Companion, Barker's The Brontës or the three volumes of the Complete Letters of Charlotte Brontë edited by Margaret Smith. It is as we said previously: indispensable.