A Life of Anne Bronte
Edward Chitham's biography of Anne Bronte, the often underrated sister of Charlotte and Emily, makes imaginative use of recent research to redefine the personal and artistic relationship between Anne and her sisters, especially Emily. It produces new evidence about Anne's life away from home and re-examines the traumatic period before and after Branwell's 'disgrace'. It modifies the conventionally held view of Agnes Grey and reviews the evidence for Anne's relationship with William Weightman.
Now available in paperback, this biography provides an elegant and original life of one of the remarkable Bronte sisters.
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Review: A Life of Anne Brontė (Blackwell Critical Biographies)User Review - Ben Lovegrove - Goodreads
Chitham pieces together Anne's life using the evidence of her poems, suggesting they are "pillars of witness" to specific events in her life. At first this seems dubious but he does have a compelling argument and has access to documents unavailable to previous biographers. Read full review