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The Letters of Charlotte Bronte

Narrated by: Imogen Stubbs
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The brief and tragic life of Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855) is captured here in the beautiful letters she wrote to her best friend, Ellen Hussey, as she describes the long winter evenings spent in the bleak Haworth parsonage in the company of her sisters Emily and Anne.

Having worked unhappily as a governess and lived abroad in Brussels, she returns to the moors, where she writes her most successful novel, Jane Eyre. She then enters the most tragic period of her life as her brother, Branwell, a vicious drunk, dies in September 1848, followed within 12 months by both of her sisters Emily and Anne. Charlotte then marries her father’s curate, only to die herself a few months later. The letters of Charlotte Bronte provide emotional insight into the wild, sad life and the beautiful character that grew out of it. In this production, Imogen Stubbs plays Charlotte.

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Beautifully read

These letters are beautifully read by the narrator, and as you would expect from Charlotte Bronte, the letters exquisite. However it is the recording that lets this down. At one point words are edited out - I say words, it could be a sentence or a whole passage. At another part there is a clicking that makes it hard to concentrate on the words.
This is a pity as it is beautiful otherwise.

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  • Steven Ray Hill
  • 15-03-20

What a wonderful and yet sad life.

I am related to the Brontes these letters gave me a glimpse into their lives.

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  • A. M. Dirks
  • 21-07-15

The letters of Charlotte Bronte give insight

If you could sum up The Letters of Charlotte Bronte in three words, what would they be?

insight into her writings

What did you like best about this story?

Since reading most of the Brontes' writings I realized thru the letters how she instigated and assisted the publications of her sisters' work.

Which scene was your favorite?

The letters each represent Charlottes character, as a woman writer in the mid 19th century

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No, since I have read Lyndall Gordons biography

Any additional comments?

Anyone who is interested in this woman writer and her attempts at being published in the mid 1800's would like reading these letters.