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Little Book of the Brontë Sisters (Little Books) (Hardcover)The Little Books are a series of introductory books to diverse, wide-ranging topics. From cars to gardening to a few literary-oriented titles, such as the newly-published Little Book of the Brontë Sisters. The series is made up of square, small hardback books printed in good-quality paper and attractive-looking design and format.
by Emily Wollaston
# Hardcover: 96 pages
# Publisher: Green Umbrella Publishing (15 Sep 2008)
# Language English
# ISBN-10: 1906229597
# ISBN-13: 978-1906229597
There are three or four so-called portraits of Emily in existence, but they are all repudiated by Mr. Nicholls as absolutely unlike her. The supposed portrait which appeared in The Woman at Home for July 1894 is now known to have been merely an illustration from a 'Book of Beauty,' and entirely spurious.And the latter is, in all probability G. H. Lewes, and although Charlotte did remark on the resemblance between them we consider it taking it too far to pass his picture as Emily's; Charlotte is shown in one of her idealised engravings and we suppose that early biographer Ellis Chadwick is turning in her grave to see this picture, which early in the 20th century she got the National Portrait Gallery to stop passing as Charlotte, captioned "Charlotte Brontë in a watercolour by Paul Heger":
It is quite impossible for any member of the Heger family, or Charlotte Bronte, to have painted this portrait. M. Heger, Charlotte Bronte's professor, always used the signature " C. Heger," and his son, Dr. Paul Heger, was only a boy of four in 1850. He has assured me, both in conversation and by letter, that his father did not either paint or draw, and as one of M. Heger 's daughters, Mdlle Louise Heger, is a pro- fessional artist, it is impossible that there can be any mistake in the matter, and yet the inscription at the foot of the frame reads " Signed Paul Heger, 1850." I was able to convince the present Director of the National Portrait Gallery that this could not possibly be correct, and the plate with the inscription on was removed in my presence. (In the Footsteps of the Brontës, p. 397)In short, we were not expecting this book to be highbrow or to include previously-unknown facts of the Brontës' lives or to reveal whether Emily Brontë actually wrote a second novel. We were just expecting a concise introductory text and we have been much disappointed by this missed opportunity.