Brontë, Juvenilia, Literature

“Of one, too, I have heard, A brother … But some dark shadow came…”: The Truth About Branwell Brontë

Over the years, so much has been said about Branwell Brontë. Branwell the black sheep, Branwell the thief, Branwell the drunk, Branwell the failure, Branwell the Brontë to be forgotten. Even in 2020, the Brontë Boy continues to divide opinion, with some criticising his habits and lifestyle, whilst others pity his addictions, troubles, and failures.… Continue reading “Of one, too, I have heard, A brother … But some dark shadow came…”: The Truth About Branwell Brontë

Brontë, Heritage, Literature

A Trip to Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

One of my favourite things to do is to visit places that are associated with authors whose work I have read and enjoyed; that's why I've been to the Brontë Parsonage in Haworth so much. Due to lockdown in the UK, I've not ventured far from home at all, and only started visiting the supermarkets… Continue reading A Trip to Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

Brontë, Heritage, Literature, photography

Walking in Wycoller

I escaped the working from home life earlier this week and made a trip to Wycoller Village to recharge my batteries and wind down. I took many pictures and videos and this post is a chance to share them with you and introduce you to the village's Brontë connection. Reader, enjoy. Wycoller is a village… Continue reading Walking in Wycoller

Brontë, Literature, Poetry, Reviews

There Was No Possibility of Taking a Walk That Day: A Collection of Poems from the 2020 COVID-19 Lockdown

Unprecedented is a word that seems to be on everyone's lips at the minute due to the very strange time we find ourselves living in. 2020 is a year that's thrown previously unimaginable things at us all and it's been a year of horror, bewilderment, separation, and loss. It's hard not to look at the… Continue reading There Was No Possibility of Taking a Walk That Day: A Collection of Poems from the 2020 COVID-19 Lockdown

Brontë, Juvenilia, Literature, Reviews, Uncategorized

Charlotte Brontë’s The Search After Happiness, Good Editing, and the Brontë Juvenilia

Background As I'm obsessed with the Brontë juvenilia, I make it my business to read as many versions of the writings as I can find. Yes, in theory, the narratives should be the same, but in the case of juvenilia, how a text is edited can have a big impact on how it is not… Continue reading Charlotte Brontë’s The Search After Happiness, Good Editing, and the Brontë Juvenilia

Brontë, Juvenilia, Literature, Uncategorized

The Brontës, Brussels, and Hercule Poirot

Like any true bookworm, my taste in literature is eclectic to day the least. First of all, there are the Brontës, their wonderful poetry, adult novels, and juvenilia. Secondly there is 18th and 19th century fiction by the likes of Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, and William Makepeace Thackeray. I also adore the 20th century science… Continue reading The Brontës, Brussels, and Hercule Poirot

Brontë, Juvenilia, Literature, Uncategorized

Branwell Brontë: An Appreciation

June 26th 2020 marks the 203rd birthday of Branwell Brontë. Born in 1817 to Patrick and Maria Brontë in Thornton, he was the fourth of six children, and the only boy in an intelligent, creative, yet poor family. After moving from Thornton to Haworth where the family took up residency in the now iconic Brontë… Continue reading Branwell Brontë: An Appreciation

Brontë, Literature, Reviews, Uncategorized

Brontë Inspired Fiction with a Twist: The Governess of Thornfield by Charlene DeKalb

I've said it before and I'll say it again; Charlotte Brontë's 1847 novel Jane Eyre is my favourite novel of all time. It's hard to sum up exactly why I love it in a single post (hence why I've never attempted it) but in a nutshell: Jane's fiery and independent spirit, issues of morality, Jane's quip… Continue reading Brontë Inspired Fiction with a Twist: The Governess of Thornfield by Charlene DeKalb

Brontë, Juvenilia, Lifestyle, Literature, Uncategorized

2020, Be Kind, and Branwell Brontë

I took a break from social media recently due to the fallout from just about everything going on in the world at the minute. Sometimes it all gets a little overwhelming and the toxic nature of many of the posts that were being shared just made me walk away. From conversations with friends, I'm not… Continue reading 2020, Be Kind, and Branwell Brontë

Brontë, Juvenilia, Literature, Uncategorized

Charlotte Brontë’s The Professor: Juvenilia or Mature Novel?

My aim when setting up Brontë Babe Blog several years ago was to bring the childhood writings of the Brontë siblings to light. The Brontë juvenilia canon as I will call it, is a fascinating insight into the Brontës' literary apprenticeship, but it can also teach us so much more about their lives, interests, hobbies,… Continue reading Charlotte Brontë’s The Professor: Juvenilia or Mature Novel?