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Bookmark: Charlotte Bronte Unmasked

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Charlotte Bronte, author of Jane Eyre, was thought to have gone to her grave unphotographed. But in recent years, photographs allegedly of Charlotte have appeared.
One, found by Audrey Hall of the Bronte Society, shows a formidable, even frumpy woman, far removed from the romantic figure immortalised in Mrs Gaskell's biography or the idealised contemporary portrait painted by George Richmond. Dr Juliet Barker, author of The Brontes, believes many admirers of Charlotte's novels wish to regard her as a beautiful member of a doomed family living in poetic solitude on the Yorkshire moors.
Dr Barker claims this is far from the truth, and that Charlotte deliberately damaged her sister Emily's reputation, even going so far as to destroy her second novel, the follow-up to Wuthering Heights. In the week of the 140th anniversary of Charlotte
Bronte's death, Bookmark goes in search of the real woman behind the disputed image.

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Presenter: Dr Juliet Barker
Producer: Daisy Goodwin
Series Editor: Roland Keating

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Bookmark: Charlotte Bronte Unmasked

BBC Two England, 1 April 1995 20.00






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