Elizabeth Gaskell and the Brontës - It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Anne Brontë’s writings, and those of her sisters Emily and Charlotte Brontë as well. There are other writers who I lo...
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Jane Eyre: My Private AutobiographyAnd we have also a sort of spin-off of the aforementioned sequel:
Jane Eyre at last tells the real story of her life, holding nothing back. From the sadistic torments she endured at Gateshead Hall to her sensual awakening at Lowood School, she reveals the truths that have heretofore been hidden from the world. Though the events of her life have been recounted before, in her "private autobiography" Jane at last reveals the unvarnished story of her life.
"A reimagining of Charlotte Brontë's classic tale, told from a more intimate point of view.
... Harrison mirrors the setting and first-person perspective of Brontë's original in what seems to be an attempt to explore Jane's thoughts and feelings even more deeply ("No lofty allusions to literature or theology will elevate my tale. I will not pause, or edit, or rework my words to seem more pleasing").... The author has certainly absorbed the diction and tone of the period ... Such elevated narration does make for diverting reading.... Well-written and often entertaining...." - Kirkus Reviews
Leaving behind her best friend Jane Eyre, Mary Anne Wilson runs away from the drab confines of Lowood School to the glittering world of the London stage. There are not many career options for a gently-reared female in early nineteenth century England, and Mary Anne must make her own way in the world after she is cast off by her mother.
But behind the scenes, she finds that life in the theater is not always as it seems. When one of the cast is found brutally murdered, Mary Anne begins to wonder if anyone is really as they appear. The company journeys to the ancient Cornwall mansion of Petroc Trevarron, the wealthy and aristocratic man who is the director of the production. But there Mary Anne finds no answers, only more questions: who is responsible for these ghastly crimes? Could it possibly be Petroc, the enigmatic man she is very much afraid she is falling in love with?