Mrs. Gaskell Reconsidered
Author: Bentley, Phyllis
Source: Bronte Society Transactions: The Journal of Bronte Studies, Volume 12, Part 63, 1953 , pp. 206-208(3)
Publisher: Maney Publishing
Abstract:So much has been written about the Brontës since Mrs. Gaskell's Life of Charlotte Brontë appeared in 1857 that, as Miss Margaret Lane says in her foreword, “the ordinary reader, stretching up a hand to the appropriate shelf in any well-stocked library, may well hesitate” which Brontë biography to choose.
“For if so much has been written since, it is reasonable to suppose that there is new material of which Mrs. Gaskell knew nothing: and if that is so, which of these newer volumes contains the whole?”
Miss Lane's purpose in writing The Brontë Story has been to clarify this confusion; to offer the general reader a book which shall return him to Mrs. Gaskell's incomparable text whenever that text is accurate and comprehensive, and supplement and correct it whenever it is not.
Document Type: Book Review
Publication date: 1953-01-01