Branwell Brontë’s The Pirate

The central figure of The Pirate is Branwell's favourite pseudonym and character Alexander Rougue. He is later referred to as Rogue and that is the spelling I have chosen to adopt in this post. Rogue's backstory is complicated, as is his later life. At this stage in the saga, Rogue is a demagogue modelled on Napoleon, a historical figure who fascinated the young Branwell. A ruthless and bloodthirsty character, the staunch Republican Rogue leads a rebellion in Verdopolis in the style of the French Revolution, however, he is eventually overthrown

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Reflections on the Sixth International Literary Juvenilia Conference, St. John’s College, Durham

The Sixth International Literary Juvenilia Conference was hosted this year by Durham University and took place in St. John's College from 5-8th July 2018. These are my thoughts on its organisation, structure, success, and my experience of being an independent scholar in the midst of experienced critics in the field of juvenilia studies. To protect and …

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Is Weary Branwell at Rest? Shedding Light on the Brontë Boy

"Those whose lives lie within the walls of their library little know what has formed the existence of the men who have given them their treasures." -Branwell Brontë - and the weary are at rest June 26th marks the 201st birthday of Patrick Branwell Brontë (better known as simply as Branwell), wayward brother of the famous …

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The Brontë Family: Passionate Literary Geniuses Review

The Brontë Family: Passionate Literary Geniuses is a short biography of the Brontë family written by Karen Kenyon. Originally published in 2003, it is about to enjoy re-publication by Endeavour Media in July in time for the bicentenary of Emily Brontë. However, I've decided to post my review in time for Branwell's birthday on 26th June …

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A-Z of Charlotte Brontë’s Juvenilia (Part One)

Part One: A-Q When setting up this site a few months ago, it was my intention to introduce readers to the Brontë juvenilia in the hope of inspiring people to actually read texts from Charlotte and Branwell's Glass Town/Angrian saga. Sadly most of Emily and Anne's Gondal saga has been lost to time and what …

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Charlotte Brontë’s Stancliffe’s Hotel

Introduction the the Text Stancliffe's Hotel is a short novella, or novelette, written in 1838 by Charlotte Brontë. It is also one of my favourite pieces of her early fiction, or juvenilia, which were initially set in Glass Town before shifting predominantly to the newly created Kingdom of Angria in 1834. I previously wrote a piece …

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