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Charlotte Brontë: Cinderella or ugly sister?

Claire Harman’s new biography casts Charlotte not as feminist heroine but as an unhappy, unfulfilled woman, disappointed in all the men closest to her

24 October 2015

9:00 AM

24 October 2015

9:00 AM

Charlotte Brontë: A Life Claire Harman

Viking, pp.446, £25, ISBN: 9780670922260

Preparations for next year’s bicentennial celebrations of the birth of Charlotte Brontë haven’t exactly got off to a flying start. At Haworth Parsonage the Brontë Society is in disarray after Bonnie Greer, its resigning president, used one of her Jimmy Choo shoes as a gavel to try to bring the membership to order, and subsequently castigated some members as ‘malevolent lamebrains’.

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