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Posted on: July 20, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Featured Friday: The Brontës: How Three Sisters Knocked the Socks Off the Victorian Novel

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They say writers should “write what they know.” Is this always true? The Welsh author Beth Reekles self-published “The Kissing Booth” on Wattpad, an online platform. Reekles set the story among American teen-agers in Los Angeles, although she had never been to California. Now the film version is one of the most popular movies in the country. 

Similarly, 170 years ago, Charlotte, Emily and Anne Bronte, three sisters living quietly in the Yorkshire countryside with their clergyman father, each published a book that shocked and titillated the English-speaking world. The novels dealt with revenge, betrayal, real estate fraud, ghosts, arson, child abuse, extramarital affairs, drugs, gambling and alcohol. Women in Victorian England were not supposed to even know about these topics, let alone write about them for publication! 

How (and why) did the Brontes write these novels? Join Dr. Cynthia Davis, from the English Department of San Jacinto College/Central, on Friday, August 17 for a discussion of Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre (1847); Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights (1847) and Anne Bronte’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1848). Her presentation will begin at 11 AM in the library’s meeting room. 

This presentation is the latest installment in the library’s Featured Friday series. These monthly programs offer a variety of lectures, movies and special programs of cultural, historical and local interest.

Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Deer Park Public Library. No registration is required and all are welcome to attend. There is no admission fee. The library is located at 3009 Center St., Deer Park, TX 77536.

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