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Graham Watson launches The Invention of Charlotte Brontë

Thursday 30th May 2024
19:00 - 20:30 at Waterstones, Glasgow - Argyle Street

Graham Watson launches The Invention of Charlotte Brontë

Join Graham Watson, Brontë specialist and literary historian, for the launch of his explosive new biography of Charlotte Brontë, exploring her life and the myths that have grown up around it. The Invention of Charlotte Brontë discusses the truths, myths, and reality of Charlotte Brontë's life, drawing heavily on and discussing Elizabeth Gaskell's biography of Charlotte written after her death. Graham will be discussing the Brontë clan, the ways Charlotte created her own story, and the ways it was obscured after her death, and more.

The Invention of Charlotte Brontë
‘No one can know all she had to go through. The merciful judgement of all connected with that terrible life lies with God; And we may all be thankful that it does.’
Doomed survivor of a family of geniuses, Charlotte Brontë had a life as dramatic as Jane Eyre. Turning her back on her tragic past, she reinvented herself as an acclaimed writer, a mysterious celebrity, and a lover. Doing so meant burning many bridges, but her sudden death left her friends and admirers with more questions than answers.
Tasked with telling the truth about Brontë’s life, her friend, novelist Elizabeth Gaskell, uncovered secrets of illicit love, family discord and professional rivalries more incredible than any fiction. The result, a tell-all biography, was so scandalous it was banned and rewritten twice in six months – but not before it had given birth to the legend of the Brontës.
Glasgow - Argyle Street Waterstones, Glasgow - Argyle Street
Thursday 30th May 2024
19:00 - 20:30

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