Patrick Brontë (1777–1861) was the father of the famous "Brontë Sisters"—Anne, Charlotte, and Emily—three of Victorian England's greatest novelists, but he was also a fascinating man in his own right, and not nearly as unsympathetic a character as Elizabeth Gaskell's Life of Charlotte Brontë would have us believe. Born into poverty in Ireland, he won a scholarship to St. John's College, Cambridge, and was ordained into the Church of England. He was perpetual curate of Haworth in Yorkshire for 41 years, bringing up four children, founding a school, and campaigning for a proper water supply. Although often portrayed as a somewhat forbidding figure, he was an opponent of capital punishment and the Poor Law Amendment Act, a supporter of limited Catholic emancipation and a writer of poetry. Dudley Green's scrupulously researched biography reveals the man behind the myths.
About the author
Dudley Green is a retired schoolmaster and former president of the Brontë Society, by which he is recognized as an expert on Patrick. He edited The Letters of Patrick Brontë, the first such complete collection, and also wrote Because It's There: the Life of George Mallory.
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