A Brontë a Day – Day 18: Charlotte Brontë A Life

Has anyone else read Claire Barman’s wonderful biography of Charlotte?

In contrast to the Barker view, Harman takes a very sympathetic approach towards Charlotte here while still staying close to the facts. I can get a bit leery about Brontë biographies after being utterly appalled by Nick Holland’s irresponsible use of source material in his book on Anne but I was impressed with how Harman dealt with the evidence at her disposal. I don’t know if I agree with absolutely everything but I ended up with a gentler view of this complex woman, who seems to have lived her life pursued by ghosts.
What were other people’s impressions?
I agreed to participate in the #ABrontëADay Challenge during May for the A Walk Around the Brontë Table Facebook group. I will also be sharing posts on my Instagram feed.
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