History has not been kind to Branwell Bronte.
In the bicentenary of his birth, Bronte expert Juliet Barker considers that he is ripe for reassessment. She asks us to take a fresh look at Branwell, arguing that he was a great deal more than a self-pitying alcoholic drag on his brilliant sisters, and that he played an important and pivotal role in their lives.
Juliet is the author of the prizewinning The Brontes and The Brontes: A Life in Letters, and was the curator and librarian at the Bronte Parsonage Museum at Haworth from 1983 to 1989. She will offer new insights into the extraordinary Bronte family.