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I’m Just Going to Write Because I Cannot Help It: Reality Versus Fantasy in Charlotte Brontë’s Roe Head Journal.

The 21st April 2019 marks the 203rd birthday of my favourite writer of all time, Charlotte Brontë.  Strong willed, fierce, determined, and incredibly talented, I am in complete awe of her. To celebrate Charlotte's birthday in 2018 I wrote a post about some of her lesser known works from her Glass Town and Angrian saga… Continue reading I’m Just Going to Write Because I Cannot Help It: Reality Versus Fantasy in Charlotte Brontë’s Roe Head Journal.

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Brontë, Juvenilia, Literature, Reviews, Uncategorized

Remembering Charlotte Brontë

March 31st 2019 marks the 164th anniversary of the death of my favourite writer of all time, Charlotte Brontë. Best known to the world for her literary masterpiece Jane Eyre (1847), Charlotte also penned the novels Shirley (1849), her second masterpiece, the magnificent but sadly underrated Villette (1853) and The Professor (posthumously published in 1857). In addition to these adult novels, she… Continue reading Remembering Charlotte Brontë

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A Hidden Hero of English Literature: Remembering Patrick Brontë on St. Patrick’s Day

Sunday 17th March 2019 is St. Patrick's Day, Ireland's national day, and traditionally a celebration of the life of St. Patrick himself, a 5th century Christian missionary from Roman Britain (some sources say Scotland, some Cumbria which is just south of the border between England and Scotland). There are various different sources and accounts of… Continue reading A Hidden Hero of English Literature: Remembering Patrick Brontë on St. Patrick’s Day

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Charlotte Brontë’s Unfinished Novels: The Story of Willie Ellin

Introduction In her childhood, adolescence, and early adulthood, Charlotte Brontë wrote hundreds of stories and poems which were set in her childhood fantasy worlds of Glass Town and Angria. Initially shared with all three of her surviving siblings, this creative collaboration fractured in 1831 as her sisters Anne and Emily moved away to create their… Continue reading Charlotte Brontë’s Unfinished Novels: The Story of Willie Ellin

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7 Days 7 Covers Challenge

If you have social media, then you might have seen the 7 Days 7 Covers challenge doing the rounds on Twitter. A few weeks ago I was challenged by a few of my followers to join in. The concept is that you post a picture of a book every day for 7 days that you… Continue reading 7 Days 7 Covers Challenge

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We Wove a Web in Childhood by Cally Phillips and Charlotte Brontë

It's the end of January and I'm already making a good start to my 2019 Reading Challenge. In addition to my Goodreads target of 30 new books, I also came up with a list of specific challenges, including some Brontë related ones. I've already boxed off a book originally published in a language other than English and… Continue reading We Wove a Web in Childhood by Cally Phillips and Charlotte Brontë

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Happy Birthday, Anne Brontë

This is a short post to wish Anne Brontë, the youngest member of our beloved Brontë family, a very happy birthday. Anne was born in Thornton, Yorkshire to Patrick and Maria Brontë on the 17th January 1820. It's strange to think that the baby of the family would have been the ripe old age of 199 today. Anne… Continue reading Happy Birthday, Anne Brontë

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To Angria: An Original Short Play by Sophie Marlowe

My love of the Brontës is evident from the name of this site; it's dedicated to all things Brontë, from the family's works to literature and art inspired by them. I managed to track down some wonderful Brontë inspired fiction in 2018 and I'm delighted to introduce you to something brand new in 2019. Below is a short play… Continue reading To Angria: An Original Short Play by Sophie Marlowe

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What the Brontës Taught Me in 2018

Even 200 years after their births (and longer in Patrick and Maria's case), the Brontë family continue to inspire, entertain, and educate us. Through a perusal of their work and correspondence I've become acquainted with what I call the Brontë philosophy. This isn't a set of hard and fast rules regarding how to live your… Continue reading What the Brontës Taught Me in 2018

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Beyond the Brontë Juvenilia: Ethel Turner’s That Young Rebel

As regular readers of my blog will know, my main area of research is the Brontë juvenilia, and although I occasionally branch out to study the childhood works of Jane Austen, Lewis Carroll, and Virginia Woolf, there are many more so-called juvenile authors waiting to be discovered. After attending the Sixth International Literary Juvenilia Conference in… Continue reading Beyond the Brontë Juvenilia: Ethel Turner’s That Young Rebel