Branwell has always been written out of the Brontë story as a drunken wastrel who failed at everything he attempted: even his self-portrait has been expunged from his painting of his sisters.
In the bicentenary of his birth, Brontë biographer Juliet Barker suggests that it is time to reassess Branwell and acknowledge his pivotal role in his sisters’ creative lives.
Though he did not publish a novel himself she argues that, without him, there would have been no Jane Eyre, no Wuthering Heights and no Tenant of Wildfell Hall.
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