A Chainless Soul: A Life of Emily Bronte

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9780395425084: A Chainless Soul: A Life of Emily Bronte

“A fine retelling of the Brontës’ story . . . It does much to throw light on the achievement of one of the greatest geniuses of nineteenth-century literature.”—The New York Times Book Review

In this compelling, beautifully written book, Emily Brontë emerges for the first time in the full complexity of her nature—the most gifted and intelligent of the Brontë sisters, and also the most passionate, willful, and self-destructive. Katherine Frank, whose biography of Mary Kingsley won wide critical acclaim, brings a novelist’s dramatic flair and a brilliant gift for analysis to this bold reinterpretation of Emily Brontë’s life: the negligence of her sickly father, her affliction with anorexia, the fierce need to rebel that produced Wuthering Heights and her magnificent poetry.
 
Probing the depths of Emily Brontë’s dark nature as no other biographer has done, Frank also sheds new light on her special place in her gifted, doomed family and her consuming relationships with Charlotte and her alcoholic brother, Branwell. A Chainless Soul paints an intimate, vivid, and deeply affecting portrait of one of the greatest, and most misunderstood, artists of nineteenth-century fiction.

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About the Author :

Born and educated in America, Katherine Frank is the author of several acclaimed biographies, including those of Lucie Duff Gordon, Emily Bronte, Mary Kingsley, and Indira Gandhi. She lives in England.

From Publishers Weekly :

Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights, "a saga of . . . transcendent, death-defying love," is also "a book profoundly concerned with food and hunger and starvation," observes Frank. Bronte's oft-celebrated mystical temperament, in Frank's persuasive diagnosis, was a manifestation of anorexia nervosa, as evidenced by her refusal to eat, her extreme slenderness, her retreat into an interior fantasy world. In an extraordinary, remarkably intimate biography that is as emotionally charged as a Bronte novel, Frank ( A Voyager Out: The Life of Mary Kingsley ) dismantles the conventional, rhapsodic family story of the storm-tossed Brontes. She deftly limns Emily's older sister, Charlotte, wracked by "religious depressions"; her brother, Branwell, dosing himself with laudanum; and Anne, meekly reconciled to "her assigned family role as the insignificant little sister." Emily Bronte emerges as a "hunger artist" who sustained a fragile illusion of control through self-denial, but also as a woman of courage and inflexible will, indifferent to the world's opinions. Illustrated.
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