In this biography with a twist, Claire O'Callaghan conjures a new image of Emily Brontë and rehabilitates her reputation by exploring the themes of her life and work. We discover that Emily was a thoroughly modern woman.
Emily Brontë occupies a special place in the English literary canon. And rightly so: the incomparable Wuthering Heights is a novel that has bewitched us for almost 200 years, and the character of Heathcliff is, perhaps, the ultimate romantic hero—and villain. But Emily herself remains an enigmatic figure, often portrayed as awkward, as a misanthrope, as no normal being. That's the conventional wisdom on Emily as a person, but is it accurate? Is it fair?
It's time for the real Emily Brontë to please stand up.
The Life and Works of Emily
Emily—The Biographers’ Tales
Emily in Nature
Emily and Feminism
Emily—Real and Fake News
Notes & References
"Thoughtful...an informally written, no-nonsense reappraisal...much more readable than most jargon-riggen academic articles." Times Literary Supplement
"A fascinating read." Mail on Sunday
"O'Callaghan clearly knows her stuff... An original, valuable contribution that goes a long way to rehabilitating the image of one of the most influential female figures in English literature." Northern Soul