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Brontë in LoveWe have recently seen a rise in books dealing with Charlotte Brontë's love life, which help make her more Charlotte Brontë, the parson's daughter, than Currer Bell, the eminent author. (It's only fitting that in an age when celebrities have their love lives open to the public, other 'celebrities' should too.)
by Sarah Freeman
published by Great Northern Books, September 2010.
Hardback, full colour, 192 pages, £14.99,
I hope you will not have the romantic folly to wait for the awakening of what the French call "Une grande passion"--My good girl "une grande passion" is "une grande folie". [...] no young lady should fall in love till the offer has been made, accepted--the marriage ceremony performed and the first half year of wedded life has passed away--a woman may then begin to love, but with great precaution--very coolly--very moderately--very rationally.Readers who still think of the author of Jane Eyre as a 'bluestocking' will be surprised, amused and heartbroken when they are brought face to face with the reality of Charlotte's (love) life and will hopefully want to know more about Charlotte's life (and works).