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Dooley, L. (1930). Psychoanalysis of the Character and Genius of Emily Brontë. Psychoanal. Rev., 17(2):208-239.
  

(1930). Psychoanalytic Review, 17(2):208-239

Psychoanalysis of the Character and Genius of Emily Brontë

Lucilae Dooley, Ph.D., M.D.

It is probable that no English writer except Shakespeare has had so many books, essays and articles written about him as have the Brontë sisters. Literally dozens of volumes and hundreds of magazine and newspaper articles have appeared since the day in 1847 when “Jane Eyre,” written by Charlotte Brontë, was published in London; and the interest is still growing in spite of the fact that comparatively a small portion of the reading public now reads any

* This paper was read before the Washington Psychoanalytic Association May 19, 1928. A few days prior to this date, when the paper was nearly completed, the writer saw a publishers’ advance notice of a book on Emily Brontë by Romer Wilson (The Life and Private History of Emily Jane Brontë, by Romer Wilson, Albert and Charles Boni; New York, 1928). An order was sent to the publishers immediately but word came back that the book would not be ready for issue till May 28, nine days after the date set for the reading of the paper. This essay was therefore completed without access to that very interesting and valuable contribution to the problem of understanding Emily Brontë. On reading Wilson's book the present writer found some theories similar to her own, and much more fully developed, and many quite dissimilar. A book of 281 pages has much more to tell us than this slight attempt.

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