Brontë, Juvenilia, Literary Archives, Literature

The Search After Happiness by Charlotte Brontë

The Search After Happiness is a short story written by Charlotte Brontë in 1829 when she was thirteen years old. The manuscript is one of the Brontë children’s tiny books, written in mock magazine style, and is now housed in the British Library’s archives. The manuscript contains many errors and revisions, one of the most… Continue reading The Search After Happiness by Charlotte Brontë

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Brontë, Juvenilia, Literary Archives, Literature

How Important is the Child Writer to the Parent Author?

When we think of the Brontë siblings, we conjure up images of brooding anti-heroes, poor governesses, and wild Yorkshire moors. In short, we tend to think of Charlotte’s Jane Eyre, Emily’s Wuthering Heights, and Anne’s Agnes Grey, novels seemingly written by three lonely and isolated sisters in their family home against the backdrop of the harsh environment of northern… Continue reading How Important is the Child Writer to the Parent Author?

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There Was Once a Little Girl and Her Name Was Anne Brontë

Reader, please join me in wishing 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. Anne is best known for her two novels, Agnes Grey, which documents the trials of the eponymous governess, and The… Continue reading There Was Once a Little Girl and Her Name Was Anne Brontë

Brontë, Juvenilia, Literary Archives, Literature

The Brontë Juvenilia at the British Library: Guest Post by Tom A.

Recently, I semi-accidentally saw two of the Brontës' original juvenilia notebooks at the British Library. There's a reason it's cliched to say that seeing a historical thing in person is totally different to a photo or description: because it's true! For a historical text, a printed version has gone through word processing and editing, while… Continue reading The Brontë Juvenilia at the British Library: Guest Post by Tom A.

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The Keep of the Bridge by Charlotte Brontë

It's been a little while since my last post on here so I thought it would be nice to get back to basics with another look at a piece of Charlotte Brontë's juvenilia. "The Keep of the Bridge" is a short tale, little more than a fragment, but like other pieces of her early fiction,… Continue reading The Keep of the Bridge by Charlotte Brontë

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Visits to the Vault: Unearthing Archival Treasures and Brontë Connections

Earlier this year, I was awarded a paid internship working in Liverpool Hope University's Sheppard-Worlock library. My job was to search through uncatalogued books and recently donated material in certain sections of the library’s archives to locate material that may be relevant to History undergraduates during their dissertation preparation. Prior to this, I spent a… Continue reading Visits to the Vault: Unearthing Archival Treasures and Brontë Connections

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Diary of a Special Collections Intern: Week Eight

Week eight was my final week as an intern in the Special Collections department of Liverpool Hope University's Sheppard-Worlock library and it proved to be very different from previous weeks. I had spent the last seven weeks researching, cataloguing, and compiling a database of rare material for the university's History undergraduates to use in their… Continue reading Diary of a Special Collections Intern: Week Eight

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Diary of a Special Collections Intern: Week Seven

Week six of my internship in the Special Collections department at Liverpool Hope University's Sheppard-Worlock library brought both change and familiarity. Week seven brought restraint and arguably a premature end to the project. With just a week left, and despite the hundreds of catalogued and uncatalogued volumes waiting to be entered into the History database… Continue reading Diary of a Special Collections Intern: Week Seven

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Diary of a Special Collections Intern: Week Six

By the sixth week of my internship at Liverpool Hope University I had become familiar with my surroundings, understood the nature of the project and my role within in it, gained confidence in my research skills, demonstrated that I am not an intern in need of constant supervision in order to get the job done, and mastered the art of multi-tasking between three different departments (History, English, the library).

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Diary of a Special Collections Intern: Week Five

I'm now past the halfway point of my internship and the time is really flying! It seems like only yesterday that I was gathered in a room with my fellow interns, anxiously, but eagerly anticipating the weeks ahead. I've been lucky enough to find some beautiful treasures during my time in Liverpool Hope University's Sheppard-Worlock Library, and to gain so much knowledge about so many different topics