Books: Genius Brannii

THE INFERNAL WORLD OF BRANWELL BRONTË(336 pp.)—Daphne Du Maurier —Doubleday ($4.50).

Everyone knows of the Brontë sisters; fewer people recall that they had a brother. Yet before his 21st year, Branwell Brontë scribbled more manuscripts-plays, novels, poems-in his crimped microscopic hand than the entire published output of Charlotte, Emily and Anne. Not a line of his saw print.

He was his sisters' Muse. Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights and the lesser novels might never have been written if Branwell had not sparked his sisters' preteenage imaginations. Branwell himself reached manhood only to disintegrate. Ravaged...

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