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The Mother Of The Brontes

The book "Mother of the Brontes" is a biography of Maria Branwell, mother of the most gifted literary siblings the world has ever known. Sharon Wright has taken a giant step to present before the readers a literary piece that's worth reading.

The book “Mother of the Brontes” is a biography of Maria Branwell, mother of the most gifted literary siblings the world has ever known. Sharon Wright has taken a giant step to present before the readers a literary piece that’s worth reading.

Author’s real triumph lies in bringing out this master piece as a 200th Anniversary special. The book will be most interesting for those eager to read and make a career in Literature.

The book is divided into 9 chapters with a foreword, epilogue, acknowledgement, appendix, bibliography and index. The title of the each chapter is quite befitting and it holds the essence of the whole chapter. Authors has painstakingly written the social, political, economical as well as the literary scene of the times. Readers will be happy to note that Maria is the contemporary of Jane Austen.

The book carries the enjoyable descriptions of Penzance, Georgian Architecture, Bran well Empire, clotted cream to name a few. I quote from page 9 “Unusually for the time, Methodists were keen to let women in on the act. Families such as Branwell educated their daughters as well as their sons.” This point puts forth the initiations for women’s education has started at that time itself. We all are grateful for Branwell’s forgives us many literary figures.

For Charlotte and Emily, the music came from their grandfather, I quote from page 24 “This talent may have included Music. Maria was “possessing more than the ordinary talents, which she inherited from her father…” while Mr Branwell, the father, according to his descendants account, was a man of musical talent. ”Lilian Oldham states that he played the violin in the parlour at home. This inheritance may explain Emily Bronte’s ability as a pianist, playing with precision and brilliancy according to Ellen Nussey.”

The book unfolds many incidences with the reminiscences of Ellen Nussey and Elizabeth Gaskell. The Author’s narration also captures the impact of the French Revolution, Britain’s war, family scandal in the life of Maria Branwell.

In Victorian times, the place of honour in the earliest period was given to Mrs. Gaskell’s Life of Charlotte Bronte. Similarly, now Sharon Wright’s Mother of Brontes deserves a place of honour.

Image source: Cover of the book from audible.in

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