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The Infernal World Of Branwell Bronte

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4th May 2006

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‘Daphne du Maurier has no equal’ DAILY TELEGRAPH

‘Miss du Maurier has brought to the art of the biography the narrative urgency’ NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

‘ . . . she is unravelling a long distorted mystery’ KIRKUS REVIEWS

Pursued by the twin demons of drink and madness, Branwell Bronte created a private world that was indeed infernal. As a bold and gifted child, his promise seemed boundless to the three adoring sisters over whom his rule was complete. But as an adult, the precocious flame of genius distorted and burned low. With neither the strength nor the resources to counter rejection, unable to sell his paintings or publish his books, Branwell became a spectre in the Bronte story, in pathetic contrast with the astonishing achievements of Charlotte, Emily and Anne.

Daphne du Maurier concentrates all her biographer’s skill on the shadowy figure of Branwell Bronte. No reader could fail to be intensely moved by Branwell’s final retreat into laudanum, alcohol and death.

Virago Modern Classics