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New UI Press anthology examines the Brontës
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- An anthology published by the University of Iowa Press
is shedding new light on the Brontës, one of the most famous families
in English literature.
"The Brontës: Interviews and Recollections," edited by Harold
Orel, collects 40 selections from books and periodicals -- many of them never
reprinted before in their entirety -- which cast light upon the personalities
and activities of the Rev. Patrick Brontë; his son, Branwell; and his
three daughters, Charlotte, Emily, and Anne.
Selections include pieces by William Makepeace Thackeray, Harriet Martineau,
Elizabeth Gaskell, and the Brontës themselves.
How a family living in a small and remote community was able to produce some
of the most heartfelt, original, and striking literature of the 19th century
-- classics including "Wuthering Heights" and "Jane Eyre"
-- is a question that has long interested fans of the Brontë family.
Much of what is known about the family has come not from the Brontës
themselves but from local tradition, inhabitants of the places associated
with them, friends and acquaintances, journalists, other novelists, publishers,
and even the most casual of visitors to the Haworth Parsonage. Because this
extraordinary family left such sketchy documentation, the testimonies in the
new anthology helps satisfy curious readers and scholars.
Harold Orel is Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Kansas.
His publications include works on Thomas Hardy, Rudyard Kipling, Arthur Conan
Doyle, and Rebecca West. He is the editor of "Gilbert and Sullivan: Interviews
and Recollections" (Iowa, 1994).
"The Brontës: Interviews and Recollections" is available at
bookstores nationwide for $24.95 clothbound. The book can also be ordered
from UI Press by calling
(319) 384-3807 (for calls within Johnson County) or 1-800-235-2665 (outside
Information is also available at the UI Press website: http://www.uiowa.edu/~uipress/