Charlotte Brontë’s Fiction

  • Pauline Nestor
Part of the Women Writers book series


The first duty of an author is, I conceive, a faithful allegiance to Truth and Nature; his second, such a conscientious study of Art as shall enable him to interpret eloquently and effectively the oracles delivered by those two great deities. The Bells are very sincere in their worship of Truth, and they hope to apply themselves to the consideration of Art, so as to attain one day the power of speaking the language of conviction in the accents of persuasion. (LL II 243)


Romantic Poet Literary Influence Victorian Society Creative World Sexual Fulfilment 
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    Quoted in Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar, The Madwoman in the Attic: The Woman Writer and the Nineteenth-Century Literary Imagination (New Haven, Yale University Press, 1979), p. 539.Google Scholar
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    Kathleen Tillotson, Novels of the Eighteen-Forties (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1956), p. 149.Google Scholar
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    Robert Heilman, ‘Charlotte Brontë’s “New” Gothic’ in The Victorian Novel: Modern Essays in Criticism, ed. Ian Watt (New York, Oxford University Press, 1971), pp. 165-80.Google Scholar
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    Terry Eagleton, Myths of Power: A Marxist Study of the Brontës (London, Macmillan, 1975), p. 76.Google Scholar
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    George Saintsbury, ‘The Position of the Brontës as Origins in the History of the English Novel’, Brontë Society Transactions, II (April 1899), p. 25.Google Scholar

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