Syrie's name should be familiar to Jane Austen fans, for last year her first novel, The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen, became a bestseller. Her new book, The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Brontë is the product of Syrie's extensive research into Charlotte’s life. I cannot put the book down and am finding it quite enjoyable. Please look for my review this weekend on Jane Austen's World. Meanwhile, here are some tidbits that even Brontë fans may not know:
For years, Charlotte harbored a secret love for her Belgian professor, Monsieur Hegér—a married man. Monsieur Hegér is the basis for all the heroes in Charlotte’s books, including Mr. Rochester in her most famous novel, Jane Eyre.
The Brontë sisters were plagued by the violent, unpredictable actions of their only brother, Branwell, an alcoholic and opium addict who nearly burned down their house, yet he remained a beloved part of the family until the day he died.
The love of Charlotte's life was Arthur Bell Nichols, her father's curate...but their love took years to materialize, because at first she despised him for calling her an "old maid".More information:
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