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Anne Brontë

Date de naissance: 17. janvier 1820
Date de décès: 28. mai 1849
Autres noms:آن برونته,ಅನ್ನೆ ಬ್ರೊನ್

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Anne Brontë est, tout comme ses sœurs Emily Brontë et Charlotte Brontë, une femme de lettres britannique.

Elle est fortement marquée par son expérience de gouvernante, qu'elle décrit en particulier dans Agnes Grey avec un fort souci de véracité, en soulignant la lourde responsabilité des parents dans le manque de rectitude morale chez les enfants de certaines familles riches.

Son second roman, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall , est marqué par la déchéance de son frère Branwell. Il raconte l’histoire d’une femme qui quitte son mari abusif et débauché, et qui doit subvenir à ses propres besoins et à ceux de son jeune fils. Il est considéré comme l’un des premiers romans féministes. Publié en juin 1848, il défie la morale qui prévaut à l’époque.

Très proche de sa sœur Emily, au point qu'on les a comparées à des jumelles, elle participe avec elle au cycle de Gondal.

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Citations Anne Brontë

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„All novels are, or should be, written for both men and women to read, and I am at loss to conceive how a man should permit himself to write anything that would be really disgraceful to a woman, or why a woman should be censured for writing anything that would be proper and becoming for a man.“

— Anne Brontë, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
Context: I am satisfied that if a book is a good one, it is so whatever the sex of the author may be. All novels are, or should be, written for both men and women to read, and I am at loss to conceive how a man should permit himself to write anything that would be really disgraceful to a woman, or why a woman should be censured for writing anything that would be proper and becoming for a man. Preface, 2nd edition (22 July 1848)

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„But he, that dares not grasp the thorn Should never crave the rose.“

— Anne Brontë
Context: On all her breezes borne Earth yields no scents like those; But he, that dares not grasp the thorn Should never crave the rose.

„But then to wake and find it flown, The dream of happiness destroyed, To find myself unloved, alone, What tongue can speak the dreary void? A heart whence warm affections flow, Creator, thou hast given to me, And am I only thus to know How sweet the joys of love would be?“

— Anne Brontë
Context: But then to wake and find it flown, The dream of happiness destroyed, To find myself unloved, alone, What tongue can speak the dreary void? A heart whence warm affections flow, Creator, thou hast given to me, And am I only thus to know How sweet the joys of love would be?

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„All true histories contain instruction“

— Anne Brontë
Context: All true histories contain instruction; though, in some, the treasure may be hard to find, and when found, so trivial in quantity, that the dry, shrivelled kernel scarcely compensates for the trouble of cracking the nut. Whether this be the case with my history or not, I am hardly competent to judge. I sometimes think it might prove useful to some, and entertaining to others; but the world may judge for itself. Shielded by my own obscurity, and by the lapse of years, and a few fictitious names, I do not fear to venture; and will candidly lay before the public what I would not disclose to the most intimate friend. Ch. I : The Parsonage

„Are you hero enough to unite yourself to one whom you know to be suspected and despised by all around you, and identify your interests and your honour with hers?“

— Anne Brontë
Context: Are you hero enough to unite yourself to one whom you know to be suspected and despised by all around you, and identify your interests and your honour with hers? Think! it is a serious thing. Ch. XII : A Tête-à-tête and a Discovery; Gilbert and Helen

„Forgetfulness is not to be purchased with a wish“

— Anne Brontë
Context: Forgetfulness is not to be purchased with a wish; and I cannot bestow my esteem on all who desire it, unless they deserve it too. Ch. XXXV : Provocations; Helen to Walter

„While on my lonely couch I lie, I seldom feel myself alone, For fancy fills my dreaming eye With scenes and pleasures of its own.“

— Anne Brontë
Context: While on my lonely couch I lie, I seldom feel myself alone, For fancy fills my dreaming eye With scenes and pleasures of its own. Then I may cherish at my breast An infant's form beloved and fair, May smile and soothe it into rest With all a Mother's fondest care.

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