Very few families produce one outstanding writer. The Brontë family produced three. The works of Charlotte, Emily and Anne remain immensely popular, and are increasingly being studied in relation to the surroundings and wider context that formed them. The forty-two new essays in this book tell 'the Brontë story' as it has never been told before, drawing on the latest research and the best available scholarship while offering new perspectives on the writings of the sisters. A section on Brontë criticism traces their reception to the present day. The works of the sisters are explored in the context of social, political and cultural developments in early-nineteenth-century Britain, with attention given to religion, education, art, print culture, agriculture, law and medicine. Crammed with information, The Brontës in Context shows how the Brontës' fiction interacts with the spirit of the time, suggesting reasons for its enduring fascination.
Claire Harman Source: The Times Literary Supplement
Some of the scholarly works listed below recur under different headings, as they are relevant to more than one topic. Three sources form a special case, however, in that they are indispensable to anyone who seeks further information about any aspect of the Brontës’ lives and works: Juliet Barker’s biography of the family, Margaret Smith’s edition of Charlotte Brontë’s letters and Christine Alexander and Margaret Smith’s Brontë encyclopaedia. The titles of these three works are stated in full here and are not repeated under the individual headings:
For a student of the Brontës in their time who lacks expert knowledge of the period, the following general works, some of which have already served generations of scholars, will supply excellent and wide-ranging guidance:
Some entries below are from the first decade of the twenty-first century. For a survey of post-2000 work on the Brontës, with bibliographical information, see Chapter 24 in its entirety.