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George Smith

(1824—1901) publisher, businessman, and founder of the Dictionary of National Biography

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Agnes Grey

Agnes Grey  

A novel by A. Brontë, published 1847. It is the story of a rector's daughter who takes service as a governess, first with the Bloomfield family, whose undisciplined children are described as ‘tigers' ...
Alice Jane Needham

Alice Jane Needham  

A Blackburn resident who bought some Brontë relics at the Nussey sale of 1898. By courtesy of her daughter Sister Margaret Needham, T. J. Winnifrith described and analysed Ellen Nussey's ...
biographies to 1940

biographies to 1940  

Interest in lives of the Brontës began early, as reviewers speculated about the true identities of the three pseudonymous authors ‘Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell’. By 1850, after the deaths ...
Brontë Society

Brontë Society  

In 1893, the Bradford librarian Butler Wood, J. Horsfall Turner, William Walsh Yates, and Mr (afterwards Sir) John Brigg invited admirers of the Brontës to meet in Bradford Town Hall ...
Charlotte Brontë

Charlotte Brontë  

Later(1816–1855) British novelist and poetJane Eyre (1847) FictionShirley (1849) FictionVillette (1853) FictionThe Professor (1857) FictionJane Eyre (1847) FictionShirley (1849) FictionVillette ...
Cornhill Magazine

Cornhill Magazine  

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(1860–1975),a literary periodical, began with Thackeray as editor and specialized in the serialization of novels. Trollope's Framley Parsonage was succeeded by the novels of, among others, Mrs ...
Dictionary of National Biography

Dictionary of National Biography  

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The brainchild of the publisher George Smith. The work began in 1882 with Sir Leslie Stephen as editor and the last volume appeared in 1900. Supplements and updates have followed and Oxford ...
Dr J. P. Browne

Dr J. P. Browne  

A phrenologist; possibly James P. Browne, MD Edinburgh 1829, listed at 32 Cadogan St, Chelsea, in London Medical Directory1851. After Charlotte Brontë and George Smith visited Browne at 367 Strand ...
Dr John Graham Bretton

Dr John Graham Bretton  

In Villette, Bretton is first seen as a handsome, auburn‐haired 16‐year‐old schoolboy, somewhat spoilt and whimsical, teasing the child Paulina Home, but eventually becoming her adored playmate. ...
Edinburgh

Edinburgh  

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The capital of Scotland, is an ancient settlement, archaeological evidence pushing its history back over 4,000 years. A fine defensive site, the growth of the city stretched from the castle to ...
Elizabeth Gaskell

Elizabeth Gaskell  

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1810–65) English novelist,short-story writer and biographer of Charlotte Brontë. She was a keen storyteller and lover of ghost stories. Charles Dickens referred to her as his ‘dear Scheherazade’, and ...
Ellen Nussey

Ellen Nussey  

(1817–97)Charlotte Brontë's closest friend for almost 24 years. She was the twelfth child of John Nussey and his wife, née Ellen Wade (see nussey family). Four of John Nussey's ...
Emma

Emma  

(‘We all seek an ideal in life …’) (MS dated 27 Nov. 1853, in Taylor, Princeton), Charlotte Brontë's fragmentary commencement of a novel, left incomplete by her death in March ...
finances of the Brontës

finances of the Brontës  

As a sizar at Cambridge Revd Patrick Brontë would pay £10 on admission, 6s. 4d. quarterly tuition fees, and matriculation and graduation fees. To meet these expenses he taught pupils ...
G. H. Lewes

G. H. Lewes  

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(1817–78),a versatile writer, was author of plays, essays (notably on Comte and Hegel), Ranthorpe (1847), a novel in imitation of Goethe; and a popular history of philosophy from F. Bacon to Comte ...
Great Exhibition

Great Exhibition  

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(1851)Opened with great pomp and ceremony by Queen Victoria this seminal international exhibition was held in what the periodical Punch dubbed ‘the Crystal Palace’, a prefabricated structure of iron ...
Harriet Martineau

Harriet Martineau  

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(1802–76),was a devout Unitarian in youth. Her first published work was Devotional Exercises (1823). Between 1832 and 1834 she published a series of stories, Illustrations of Political Economy, ...
Henry Colburn

Henry Colburn  

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(d. 1855),publisher who founded the New Monthly Magazine in 1814 and the Literary Gazette in 1817. He published the fashionable novels of T. Hook; Evelyn's Diary (1818); and Pepys's newly‐deciphered ...
James Taylor

James Taylor  

(?1817–74)a Scotsman, Smith, Elder and Company's manager, controlling 40 clerks by his ‘iron will’. His enthusiasm for Jane Eyre stirred George Smith to read it. He chose some of ...
Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre  

A novel by C. Brontë, published 1847.The heroine, a penniless orphan, has been left to the care of her aunt Mrs Reed. Harsh and unsympathetic treatment rouses her defiant spirit, and Mrs Reed ...

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