Literature cannot be the business of a woman's life, and it ought not to be. The more she is engaged in her proper duties, the less leisure will she have for it even as an accomplishment and a recreation.
In the letter previous Brontë had enclosed some of her poems, hoping for Southey's feedback and advice.
Although Southey reveals certain prejudices against women writers, he also frankly and fairly shares advice on the difficulties that all professional writers may face.
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- Article by:
- Sally Shuttleworth
- The novel 1832–1880, Gender and sexuality
Professor Sally Shuttleworth explores how Charlotte Brontë challenges 19th-century conceptions of appropriate female behaviour through the creation of a heroine who works, demands respect and combines self-control with passion and rebellion.