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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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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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Without the Veil Between, Anne Brontë: A Fine and Subtle Spirit by DM Denton

Regular readers of Brontë Babe Blog will know by now how much I love not only the works of the Brontë siblings, but works inspired by them. In the past year I've discovered some truly wonderful Brontë inspired fiction including Lena Coakley's Worlds of Ink and Shadow; Juliet Bell's re-imagining of Wuthering Heights, The Heights, and, my… Continue reading Without the Veil Between, Anne Brontë: A Fine and Subtle Spirit by DM Denton

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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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Aunt Branwell and the Brontë Legacy by Nick Holland: Re-Examining a Key Figure in the Brontë Mythology

So much of the Brontës' lives remains shrouded in mystery despite the popularity of their works. We probably know more about Charlotte and Branwell, and their characters, than the rest of the Brontë family due to their surviving correspondence and the recollections of the friends they made during their lifetimes. However, there are still misconceptions… Continue reading Aunt Branwell and the Brontë Legacy by Nick Holland: Re-Examining a Key Figure in the Brontë Mythology

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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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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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The Brontës’ Christmas

With Christmas creeping ever closer, I'm longing to visit Haworth, the home of the Brontës, in order to enjoy the festivities taking place there, some modern and some more familiar to our favourite literary family. I do usually make the trip to see the village decked out for Christmas but haven't managed it yet this… Continue reading The Brontës’ Christmas

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The Best Brontë Books of 2018

It's safe to say that I've read an awful lot of Brontë related books this year, some good and some disappointing, but fortunately the former have outweighed the latter. To round off the year (how are we in December already?) I've compiled a list of the Best Brontë Books of 2018. The books don't need… Continue reading The Best Brontë Books of 2018