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Literary Biographer Discusses Charlotte Bronte at Westport Library

Claire Harman
Claire Harman Photo Credit: Contributed photo

WESTPORT, Conn. -- Clair Harman, a well-known award-winning literary biographer will discuss her new book about Charlotte Bronte, one of Britain's best-loved writers, on Wednesday, March 2 in Westport Library's large reading room.

Published on Bronte’s bicentenary, "Charlotte Bronte: A Fiery Heart," is a view of the beloved writer as a young woman ahead of her time. Shaped by Bronte’s lifelong struggle to claim both love and art, the biography shows how she transcended the melancholy facts of her life to grow into a woman for whom duty and piety gave way to quiet rebellion and fierce ambition.

Harman is the award-winning author of three major literary biographies—on Sylvia Townsend Warner, Fanny Burney and Robert Louis Stevenson. She also wrote "Jane's Fame: How Jane Austen Conquered the World," a biographical study of Jane Austen's enduring appeal. She has taught at the University of Manchester, Oxford University and Columbia University. She writes regularly for the literary press, and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2006.

Books will be available for purchase and signing at the program, which is free and open to the public. The community partner for the program is The New England Chapter of the Bronte Society.

The event is at 7 p.m. in the large reading room of the library.

For further information, call 203-291-4800 , or check

The Westport Library is at 20 Jesup Rd, Westport, CT 06880

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