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 √ Century of ExperienceEvidenceName of Reader / Listener / Reading GroupAuthor of TextTitle of TextForm of Text
1800-1849'"Currer Bell" [Charlotte Bronte] told me [Harriet Martineau] that she had read with astonishment those parts of "Household Education" which relate my own experience. It...Charlotte Bronte Harriet MartineauHousehold EducationPrint: Book
1800-1849'A very fair measure of French and some skill in drawing appear to have been the most striking accomplishments which Charlotte carried back from Roe Head [school] to Hawo...Charlotte Bronte Voltaire HenriadePrint: Book
'I have likewise read one of Miss Austen's works "Emma" - read it with interest and with just the degree of admiration which Miss Austen herself would have thought sensib...Charlotte Bronte Jane AustenEmmaPrint: Book
1850-1899'I'm glad she [Charlotte Bronte] likes 'North and South'. I did not think Margaret was so over good. What would Miss B. say to Florence Nightingale? I can't imagine!'Charlotte Bronte Elizabeth GaskellNorth and SouthPrint: Serial / periodical
1850-1899'Miss Bronte in one of her letters to you (Mama [italics] thinks [end italics] written in the year 1835,) gives you some advice as to what books to read. Mama wants to kn...Charlotte Bronte [unknown]['standard works'; not novels]Print: Book
1800-1849'Now I can understand admiration of George Sand; for though I never saw any of her works which I admired throughout (even "Consuelo", which is the best, of the best that ...Charlotte Bronte George SandConsueloPrint: Book
1800-1849'Of Charlotte Bronte's sojourn at Upperwood House, Rawdon, there is only one slight record apart from her letters. It is contained in a communication to the Westminster G...Charlotte Bronte  Print: Book
1850-1899'she [Charlotte Bronte] was very angry indeed with that part of the Examiner review of Esmond (I had forgotten it) which said his [Thackeray's] works would not live; and ...Charlotte Bronte Examiner [review of Thackeray's 'Henry Esmond']Print: Serial / periodical
1800-1849'Why do you like Miss Austen so very much? I am puzzled on that point. What induced you to say that you would have rather written "Pride and Prejudice" or "Tom Jones", t...Charlotte Bronte Jane AustenPride and PrejudicePrint: Book

[Charlotte Bronte to Ellen Nussey, 14 May 1854:]

'I took the time of the Leeds-Keighley-Skipton trains from Mr Clapham's Feby Time-Table and when I go...

Charlotte Bronte Railway timetable for February [?1854]Print: Timetable

[Charlotte Bronte to Sydney Dobell, 3 February 1854:]

'"Balder" arrived safely. I looked at him, before cutting his leaves, with singular pleasure [...]...

Charlotte Bronte Sydney DobellBalderPrint: Book

[Charlotte Brontė to the grandson of Henry James Mercier, 1 June 1848:]

'I have read 2,500 with pleasure. It is a very clever and ingenious production, ...

Charlotte Brontė Henry James MercierMemoirs of the Year Two Thousand Five HundredPrint: Book
1800-1849Charlotte Bronte (as 'Currer Bell') to her publisher, W. S. Williams, 11 December 1847: 'I hardly ever felt delight equal to that which cheered me when I received your...Charlotte Bronte William Makepeace Thackeray Print: Unknown
1800-1849Charlotte Bronte (as Currer Bell) to her publishers, Messrs Smith, Elder and Co., 25 December 1847: 'Permit me to thank you for your present, which reached me yesterda...Charlotte Bronte Leigh HuntA Jar of Honey from Mount HyblaPrint: Book
1800-1849Charlotte Bronte (as Currer Bell) to Richard Hengist Horne, 15 December 1847: 'You will have thought me strangely tardy in acknowledging your courteous present, but th...Charlotte Bronte Richard Hengist HorneOrionPrint: Book
1800-1849Charlotte Bronte (writing as Currer Bell) to Harriet Martineau, 7 November 1849: 'When C.B. first read "Deerbrook" he tasted a new and keen pleasure [...] "Deerbrook" ran...Charlotte Bronte Harriet MartineauDeerbrookPrint: Book
1800-1849Charlotte Bronte postscript to letter to William Smith Williams, 12 May 1848: 'I find -- on glancing over yours, that I have forgotten to answer a question you ask respec...Charlotte Bronte William Smith Williamsletter to Charlotte BronteManuscript: Letter
Charlotte Bronte to Charles Cuthbert Southey, 26 August 1850, regarding possible publication of letters between herself and Robert Southey: 'I have now read them and feel...Charlotte Bronte Robert and Charlotte Southey and BrontelettersManuscript: Letter
Charlotte Bronte to Charles Cuthbert Southey, 26 August 1850: ' ... the perusal of his [Robert Southey's] "Life and Correspondence" arranged by yourself has much deepened...Charlotte Bronte Robert SoutheyLife and CorrespondenceUnknown
1850-1899Charlotte Bronte to Elizabeth Gaskell, 12 January 1853, regarding timings of publications of her and Gaskell's new works: ' ... I had felt and expressed to Mr Smith -- re...Charlotte Bronte Elizabeth GaskellRuthPrint: Book

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