Anne Brontë is given due re­spect in Take Courage by Sa­man­tha El­lis

The Simple Things - - JANUARY THINGS -

In the Brontë hi­er­ar­chy, Anne has been in dan­ger of be­ing left on the ( book) shelf as the au­thor of two largely un­read nov­els ( Agnes Grey and The

Ten­ant of Wild­fell Hall), over­shad­owed by her sib­lings – Emily, Char­lotte and Bran­well. But Sa­man­tha El­lis’s brave, brac­ing book forces a rad­i­cal re­think of the younger sis­ter, a staunch fem­i­nist and keenly ob­ser­vant writer who was unswerv­ingly loyal to friends and fam­ily. Anne dealt with loss, tragedy and poverty with grace and re­silience. In­spired by Anne’s life lessons, El­lis be­comes de­ter­mined “to write a new story when I don’t like the one I’m given. To ex­pand my heart. To take courage.”

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