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March 31, 2009

31 March 1855: Charlotte Brontë died at the age of 38.  Charlotte is the oldest of the three famous Brontë sisters who remain among the prominent examples of Victorian authors.

Though I have read several different female authors of the Victorian period, at the risk of offending some Austen scholars, I have rarely enjoyed reading their works.  One surprising exception is is Jane Eyre.  I encountered the book in the context of a class called “Victorian Literature: Empire, Sex, and Gender” whose opening text was Jane Eyre.  Other female Victorian authors, like Austen, are incredible authors whose abilities are undeniable but I don’t find myself enjoying their books.  Charlotte Brontë is a shining exception.

Perhaps we should commemorate Brontë’s life by taking some time to peruse The Madwoman in the Attic today.

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