Emily Bronte: A Life In 20 Poems

‘Emily Brontë: A Life In 20 Poems’ – Book Launch & Giveaway

The Brontës have always felt like part of my life, and this love and admiration for the brilliant siblings was first expressed publicly in my biography ‘In Search Of Anne Brontë‘ released in 2016. I was thrilled at the reception it received, and the opportunity to talk about the Brontës to new people at new exciting locations. It’s fair to say that the book changed my life in many brilliant ways, which is why I’m thrilled today to announce the publication of my new book looking at the life of an enigmatic genius: Emily Brontë.

Emily Brontë: A Life In 20 Poems‘ is released by the History Press today and you can buy it at this link. It takes a fresh look at her life by examining twenty events, people and themes in her life, and linking each of them to one of her greatest poems. In that way you not only get a biography of Emily, but a collection of her verse as well.

Emily Bronte - A Life In 20 Poems front cover
Emily Bronte – A Life In 20 Poems front cover

As we all know, Emily was a very reserved character, and we have little correspondence from her compared to Charlotte and Anne. Some of the book is therefore based upon the testimony of others who knew her and loved her – and to know Emily was to love her. Ellen Nussey, writing long after Emily’s death, recalled the incredible power that was felt in Emily’s presence, so that even in her seeming timidity you couldn’t help but know that you were with someone very special indeed:

‘I have at this time before me the history of a mighty and passionate soul, whom every adventure that makes for the sorrow or gladness of man would seem to have passed by with averted head. It is of Emily Brontë I speak, than whom the first 50 years of this century produced no woman of greater or more incontestable genius.’

Some of the book invariably is based upon my own theories as to Emily’s motivation and actions, and your opinion may differ on some of these – but that’s the joy of the Brontës, we can all approach them in our own way and have our own views on them. They are timeless and ever-evolving in the minds of those who think about their works and lives.

Emily Bronte bookmark
Emily Bronte bookmark

I loved writing every word of this book, and examining Emily’s relationship with her family, her views on religion and her own mysticism, her attitude to love, and the literary influences that shaped her great novel ‘Wuthering Heights‘, and finally how she faced illness, decline and death. I’ve also loved reading once more her great poems, such as this that heads up chapter six:

‘When weary with the long day’s care,
And earthly change from pain to pain,
And lost, and ready to despair,
Thy kind voice calls me back again:
Oh, my true friend! I am not lone,
While thou canst speak with such a tone!
So hopeless is the world without;
The world within I doubly prize;
Thy world, where guile, and hate, and doubt,
And cold suspicion never rise;
Where thou, and I, and Liberty,
Have undisputed sovereignty.
What matters it, that all around,
Danger, and guilt, and darkness lie,
If but within our bosom’s bound,
We hold a bright, untroubled sky,
Warm with ten thousand mingled rays,
Of suns that know no winter days?
Reason, indeed, may oft complain,
For Nature’s sad reality,
And tell the suffering heart how vain,
Its cherished dreams must always be;
And Truth may rudely trample down,
The flowers of Fancy, newly-blown:
But thou art ever there, to bring,
The hovering vision back, and breathe,
New glories o’er the blighted spring,
And call a lovelier Life from Death,
And whisper, with a voice divine,
Of real worlds, as bright as thine.
I trust not to thy phantom bliss,
Yet, still, in evening’s quiet hour,
With never-failing thankfulness,
I welcome thee, Benignant Power;
Sure solacer of human cares,
And sweeter hope, when hope despairs!’

I hope you enjoy reading my book too – and to celebrate its launch I’m giving away a free signed copy of the book! All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is email me at insearchofannebronte@hotmail.com.

Thank you to each and every one of you for reading my blog and supporting me in this work – and, if you’re entering the competition, I wish you ‘Good Luck!’

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8 thoughts on “‘Emily Brontë: A Life In 20 Poems’ – Book Launch & Giveaway”

  1. Hi Nick,
    I’m really looking forward to this book as I am a big fan of Emily Brontës poetry. I’m sure it will be a great read.
    Good luck with the launch and the sale of the book!
    Marina

  2. Congratulations, Nick! How exciting to see your passion for this brilliant literary family flowering again in a new book!

    I once read a book called “Emily Bronte and Beethoven.” She was an accomplished pianist with a passion for Beethoven, the man and composer. The author even stated that Emily based Heathcliff somewhat on Beethoven- his wild looks and stormy temperament.

    Perhaps you’ve reached that conclusion too. In any case, I look forward to reading your new book!

    1. Thanks Mae, as I always say your praise means a lot as I’m a big fan of your Joseph Merrick autobiography ‘Measured By The Soul’. Emily’s love of Beethoven is certainly explored in the book, but I didn’t make the connection with Heathcliff – that sounds fascinating!

  3. Congratulation, Nick! Very exciting news! Indeed, if one wants to find and know the Brontës , one should look to their works .

  4. I have just bought a copy of your latest book – it looks most interesting, and I am looking forward to reading it. I hope you are successful with it. Thank you for mentioning my 2015 talk at Haworth ‘Emily Jane Bronte and Ludwig van Beethoven’, as a footnote to page 109; in fact I’m presenting a paper on the same theme at the Bronte Society Conference in York on 7th September. And my book, ‘Emily Jane Bronte and Her Music’ has just been published. With best wishes.

    1. Thank you John, and it’s great to hear that your book has just been published. I’ll certainly be buying a copy, and I’m sure it will be a fabulous read!

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