Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Let's talk about: The Brontes At Haworth by Ann Dinsdale

This is the other book I mentioned in my last post. 
It is the only other Bronte biography/ information book that I have read so far that I felt worth mentioning. 
"Ann Dinsdale paints a detailed picture of everyday life at Haworth in the 1840s, recounting the Brontë family history and describing the local village and surrounding countryside. She goes on to consider the Brontës' poetry and novels in the context of their socio-historic background. This book provides fascinating insight into the lives of the authors of The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights and will be a must for both literature students and Brontë admirers. It is illustrated with numerous rarely seen images from the Haworth archives, including drawings by Charlotte and Emily, together with evocative pictures by local photographer Simon Warner." (Amazon)

Most of the information I already knew from the book by Juliet Barker but there was still one question I had. I wondered how they parsonage museum got all of the Bronte heirlooms back after they had been scattered after the deaths of everyone in the family. The other book talked about what happened to those things but never spoke of how they got them back. This book answered those questions for me as it spoke of how they started the museum. I liked Ann's voice in this book and it was a fun, quick read.
Also, this has a lot of great pictures. 
I definitely recommend it. 


The Kings said...

I did not know (or can't remember you telling me) that you had another book about the Bronte family and had read it. This one sounds interesting too!

cheryl said...

This one is a pretty quick read so if someone wants just an overview this is probably the way to go. The pictures are nice too. But if you want really in depth the other one is the winner.