By Robert Barnard
A Bront? Encyclopedia is an A- Z encyclopedia of the main extraordinary literary kin of the nineteenth century highlighting unique literary insights and the numerous humans and areas that stimulated the Bront?s’ lives.Comprises nearly 2,000 alphabetically prepared entriesDefines and describes the Bront?s' fictional characters and settingsIncorporates unique literary decisions and analyses of characters and motivesIncludes insurance of Charlotte's unfinished novels and her and Branwell's juvenile writingsFeatures over 60 illustrations
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Bradford Herald: a new Tory newspaper to which Branwell submitted a sheaf of poems in 1842. Many of the poems appeared simultaneously in this paper and in the Halifax Guardian, and also later in the Yorkshire Gazette. Bradford Post Ofﬁce: Charlotte’s letters contain constant complaints of delays, dishonesty, and so on at the Bradford Post Ofﬁce, and requests that mail be addressed to “Haworth near Keighley instead of Bradford” (to WSW, 27 Nov 1847). The Leeds Intelligencer for 12 November 1836 has a long report on embezzlement at this ofﬁce.
Thus the novels began their travels around the more important publishing houses of London. B Baines, Edward: name of the father (1774–1848) and son (later Sir Edward, 1800 –1890) who were respectively proprietor and editor of the Leeds Mercury. This is recorded in Charlotte’s “History of the Year” as one of the two newspapers the Parsonage household took. The Mercury was the Whig paper, and its editor was therefore regarded with suspicion and loathing by the young Charlotte (“if there is any one I thoroughly abhor, it is that man” – to EN, 13 Mar 1835).
Charlotte’s picture “Zenobia Marchioness Ellrington” (15 Oct 1833) seems to be loosely based on a portrait or portraits of the Countess. Bligh, Mr (no ﬁrst name given): former curate of Horton in Agnes Grey, a “seedy” man, as negligent in visiting the poor as Mr Hatﬁeld. Bloomﬁeld Family: the ﬁrst names of the senior members of the family in Agnes Grey are signiﬁcantly not mentioned. They are newly rich and keep their distance from servants. Mr Bloomﬁeld, Agnes’s ﬁrst employer, is a retired tradesman, who “could not be prevailed upon to give a greater salary than twenty-ﬁve pounds to the instructress of his children” (ch.