The materials linked to these pages are part of a slowly growing corpus of electronic texts calculated to shed some light on the scope and substance of the Brontės' writings, their sources for allusive materials, and the contemporary critical responses.
This is part of a work in progress, although progress isn't invariably quite as speedy as one might like. The greater plan is to include here the works of the Brontė sisters, with links to their influences (from the Bible to contemporary authors), their biographies, and the early criticism of their works (ranging from 1846 to 1900). Some of the secondary texts, like the edition of Combe posted here, are ones to which the Brontė reader (or scholar) will not invariably have access; Bewick's British Birds, like Combe's Elements of Phrenology and Goldsmith's Roman History, has not often been reprinted since the mid-nineteenth century, and copies are not invariably held by libraries.
What's posted here is a slice of nineteenth century thought and a few comments on how this thought made its way into the Brontė novels.
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