Emily Brontë A. Mary F. Robinson

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Emily Brontë  by  A. Mary F. Robinson

Emily Brontë by A. Mary F. Robinson
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In about 1880 A. Mary F. Robinson wrote the first full-length biography of Emily Brontë.Excerpt from Emily BronteThere are, perhaps, few tests of excellence so sure as the popular verdict on a work of art a hundred years after its accomplishment. So... MoreIn about 1880 A.

Mary F. Robinson wrote the first full-length biography of Emily Brontë.Excerpt from Emily BronteThere are, perhaps, few tests of excellence so sure as the popular verdict on a work of art a hundred years after its accomplishment. So much time must be allowed for the swing and rebound of taste, for the de spoiling of tawdry splendours and to permit the work of art itself to form a public capable of appreciating it.

Such marvellous fragments reach us of Elizabethan praises- and we cannot help recalling the number of copies of Prometheus Unbound sold in the lifetime of the poet. We know too well what porridge had John Keats, and remember with misgiving the turtle to which we treated Hobbs and Nobbs at dinner, and how complacently we watched them put on their laurels afterwards.Let us, then, by all means distrust our own and the public estimation of all heroes dead within a hundred years.

Let us, in laying claim to an infallible verdict, remember how oddly our decisions sound at the other side of Times whispering gallery. Shall we therefore pronounce only on Chaucer and Shakespeare, on Gower and our learned Ben? Alas! We are too sure of their relative merits we stake our reputations with no qualms.



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