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Happy birthday to Charles Brockden Brown (17 January, 1771 – 22 February, 1810) and Anne Brontë (17 January, 1820 – 28 May, 1849)!

"Yet I will persist to the end. My narrative may be invaded by inaccuracy and confusion; but if I live no longer, I will, at least, live to complete it. What but ambiguities, abruptnesses, and dark transitions, can be expected from the historian who is, at the same time, the sufferer of these disasters?"
- Charles Brockden Brown, Wieland: or, The Transformation: An American Tale (1789)

Ormond, or The Secret Witness The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

“Are you hero enough to unite yourself to one whom you know to be suspected and despised by all around you, and identify your interests and your honor with hers?”
- Anne Brontë, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1848)



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Jan. 17th, 2014 02:49 pm (UTC)
I have read and loved The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. It's one of the books I hung onto when whswhs and I moved.
Jan. 25th, 2014 02:32 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm so tickled you love it, too. Isn't it wonderful?
Jan. 17th, 2014 05:13 pm (UTC)
I love Anne Bronte! And it turns out she shares a birthday with my great-grandmother! :-)
Jan. 25th, 2014 02:33 pm (UTC)
How fun is that? An auspicious day!
Jan. 17th, 2014 11:18 pm (UTC)
I like Anne Bronte much more than Charlotte Bronte.
Jan. 25th, 2014 02:34 pm (UTC)
I wonder what else she might have written if she'd lived longer. (Ditto for Emily.) Such talented sisters!
Jan. 18th, 2014 11:52 am (UTC)
Anne Bronte's book is the only one of the three by the sisters that I've never read. I'll have to remedy that. I did stumble across her grave at Scarborough, though.
Jan. 25th, 2014 02:39 pm (UTC)
I did stumble across her grave at Scarborough, though.

Oh wow - that's awesome!

I really do love the book. It's a very different take on the Byronic hero/anti-hero type (or maybe on her brother Bramwell, for that matter) than, say, Rochester or Heathcliff. I particularly like thinking about those three novels in conversation with each other.

I still have some of Charlotte's other works to read. I need to get on that!
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