(Critical Edition of Young Adult Fiction)

In an afterword, Kyle states that she hopes to awaken interest in a remarkable girl who wrote remarkable books. Her account of the happier aspects of Brontë’s life was approved by the president of the Brontë Society, who read the original manuscript and provided help and advice to the author. As she describes her subject’s development as a woman and an artist, Kyle attempts to inspire young female readers to achieve their own potentials. Kyle establishes Brontë, who overcame her severe shyness and the isolation of her family circumstances to become a recognized author, as a model for contemporary readers.

Kyle writes that her book is a version of Brontë’s story rather than a factual narrative of her life; it can be only loosely categorized as biography because Kyle ignores much known information and weaves large portions of Brontë’s fictions into the book. Yet her sympathetic, and often imaginative, rendering of Brontë’s thoughts and actions does not allow her young readers to understand fully the author of Jane Eyre. Kyle leaves out many significant family occurrences, particularly the early deaths of Brontë’s mother and two older sisters and the progressively debauched behavior of her brother, Branwell. Removing Branwell from the story leaves quite a gap in any account of Charlotte Brontë’s development as a writer, since it was with him that she first collaborated on the childhood stories of Angria.


(The entire section is 480 words.)