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In Search of Anne BrontëAnne Brontë can't seem to shed the 'unknown Brontë sister' label so it seems rather fitting that in preparation for her own bicentenary in 2020, she has a new biography in the year of her sister Charlotte's own bicentenary. (After all, it all seems to point out that the label is due to Charlotte's treatment of her work). Readers need to get acquainted with her life and works now so they can celebrate her properly in four years' time.
By Nick Holland
The History Press
Piecing together a biography of Anne Brontë is in some ways like being a lawyer working on a case before the courts. There are lots of clues, if we choose to see them, and from these clues we can piece together a fuller picture of the truth itself. This may in some cases have to lead to supposition as to what Anne would have said, done or felt, but by examining the clues of her life we can do so with some degree of confidence, even certainty. [...]We freely admit to having been scared initially by this declaration of intentions as we tend to be wary of reading too much into the Brontës' works but rest assured: throughout the book there's hardly an instance where arguments are far-fetched or reality too much based on fiction.
The greatest evidence of all, however, is contained within Anne's writing itself. Yes, these are works of fiction, but as every writer knows, there will always be elements of truth contained within them.
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