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Patrick Brontë
Patrick Brontë

Patrick Brontë

Father of Genius


284 Pages, 6 1/2 x 9 1/2

Formats: Cloth, Mobipocket, EPUB

Cloth, $35.95 (US $35.95) (CA $48.95)

Publication Date: March 2009

ISBN 9781845886257

Rights: US & CA

The History Press (Mar 2009)


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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 a fascinating man in his own right and not nearly such an unsympathetic character as Elizabeth Gaskell's The 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 fobidding 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. This is the first serious biography of Patrick Brontë for more than 40 years.


"A thorough, well-written, absorbing, and sympathetic biography." —Historical Novels Review

Author Biography

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.