VIRAGO EDITION: As a bold and gifted child, Branwell Brontë's 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 Brontë story, in pathetic contrast with the astonishing achievements of his sisters.
Daphne du Maurier concentrates all her biographer's skill in the shadowy figure of Branwell Brontë, and no reader could fail to be intensely moved by Branwell's final retreat into laudanum, alcohol - and death.
Mass market paperback by Avon, 1974. One of four glitteringly brilliant chilren, including his sisters Charlotte, Emily, and Anne, Branwell Bronte was his own prisoner in a fantasy world from which neither drink nor drugs could free him. A biography.
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As a gifted child, Branwell Bronte's promise seemed boundless to the three adoring sisters over whom his rule was complete. But as an adult, the flame of genius distorted and burned low. He became a spectre in the Bronte story, in contrast with the astonishing achievements of his sisters. This is his biography. Originally published: London: Gollanc.… (more)