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The Oxford Companion to the Brontës, edited by Christine Alexander and Margaret Smith

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20 July 2018

FIRST published in 2003, The Oxford Companion to the Brontës, edited by Christine Alexander and Margaret Smith, has been reissued in a new Anniversary Edition to mark the bicentenary this month of Emily Brontë’s birth. The book has an appreciative new preface by Claire Harman, Professor of Creative Writing at Durham University, as well as more than 2000 alphabetical entries, including short essays on “Church of England” and “curates”, for example, and 32 half-tone illustrations and maps. Features include a glossary of dialect and obsolete words found in the novels that emerged from the gifts of the family of the Revd Patrick Brontë of Haworth Parsonage — who were among the first writers to ”attract mass fandom”, Professor Harman says, and truly “unlike any other literary phenomenon” (OUP, £30; 978-0-19-881995-0).

 

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