At first Emily Brontë was known to the public only as the pseudonymous poet Ellis Bell, contributor to a joint volume, then as pseudonymous novelist, considered by some reviewers not to exist in her own right, but to be a younger Currer Bell, by others to be indistinguishable from Currer Bell. She then emerged, though still partly in the shadows, as the Emily Brontë, the ‘unobtrusive woman ’ of her sister’s 1850 prefaces, later the difficult but powerful character of Mrs Gaskell’s Life of Charlotte Brontë. The heroine half of the image, early established, has proved permanent, but assessment of the writer based on any sort of real understanding of her work has had to wait until the present century.
KeywordsPowerful Character Imaginative Power Joint Volume Minor Tradition Prose Fiction
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