Brontë, Juvenilia, Literature, Reviews

Glass Town by Isabel Greenberg – Review

A few months back a very interesting looking book caught my eye due to some intriguing and exciting snippets that I spotted doing the rounds on Twitter. One of the snippets was an illustration of Charlotte Brontë's adored hero from her worlds of Glass Town and Angria, the Duke of Zamorna, invading the real world… Continue reading Glass Town by Isabel Greenberg – Review

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Brother Branwell, Sister Charlotte: A Complex Collaboration

For years now I’ve been drawn to the Brontë family. Not just their fascinating childhood writings and elaborate fantasy worlds of Glass Town, Angria, and Gondal, but their lives, relationships, and every day interactions. The two figures that draw me in repeatedly are my favourite writer of all time, the smart, strong, determined figure of… Continue reading Brother Branwell, Sister Charlotte: A Complex Collaboration

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Review: Charlotte Brontë Before Jane Eyre by Glynnis Fawkes

My obsession with the Brontë juvenilia and basically everything Charlotte ever wrote before penning her masterpiece, Jane Eyre, in 1847, meant that just the title of Glynnis Fawkes' new book, Charlotte Brontë Before Jane Eyre was enough to spark my interest. I'm glad to see an increasing focus on the Brontë juvenilia and the stories Charlotte,… Continue reading Review: Charlotte Brontë Before Jane Eyre by Glynnis Fawkes

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A Tiny Book, a Big Campaign, and an Even Bigger World.

The origins of the Brontë juvenilia are now legendary. In June 1826, Branwell Brontë was famously given a set of wooden toy soldiers by his father, Patrick. This seemingly unimportant event - a father gifting his son a set of toys to play with - has become monumental in the story of the Brontës. Patrick's gift… Continue reading A Tiny Book, a Big Campaign, and an Even Bigger World.

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The Mother of the Brontës by Sharon Wright – Review

Despite our love of and fascination with the Brontës, there are still many gaps in the story of the world's most famous literary sisters. In our quest to better know the lives, hearts, and minds of those who penned literary classics such as Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Brontëites have attempted to find out… Continue reading The Mother of the Brontës by Sharon Wright – Review

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Haworth and the Brontë Bell Chapel, Thornton

The small village of Haworth in West Yorkshire is famous for being the home of the Brontë family. It's a place I've loved to visit over the last few years, often accompanied by our lovely fluffy friend, Bob the bichon. Since Bob's passing in April, I hadn't felt able to return to Haworth because I… Continue reading Haworth and the Brontë Bell Chapel, Thornton

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Beautiful Brontë Books

Here's a post with few words and lots of photos of various Brontë books that I own or have come across in libraries over the past few years. I'm mainly steering clear of Brontë inspired fiction though as I blog about this quite a bit. Reader, do you own any of these editions?    … Continue reading Beautiful Brontë Books

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Two Romantic Tales by Charlotte Brontë -Part Two: An Adventure in Ireland

In my last post, Two Romantic Tales by Charlotte Brontë -Part One: The Twelve Adventurers, I looked at the origins of the Brontës' famous twelve toy soldiers both on and off the page. Presented to Branwell in 1826 by the siblings' father, Patrick, these characters kickstarted the Brontë juvenilia on the page and were arguably the literary… Continue reading Two Romantic Tales by Charlotte Brontë -Part Two: An Adventure in Ireland

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Two Romantic Tales by Charlotte Brontë -Part One: The Twelve Adventurers

The origins of the Brontë juvenilia are now legendary. Patrick Brontë's gift of 12 toy soldiers to his son, Branwell, in June 1826 was the catalyst for the creation of the Brontë siblings' paracosmic world of Glass Town. Each of the surviving Brontë siblings (Charlotte, Branwell, Emily, and Anne) chose a soldier of their own,… Continue reading Two Romantic Tales by Charlotte Brontë -Part One: The Twelve Adventurers

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Branwell Brontë’s Misery

June 26th 2019 marks the 202nd anniversary of the birth of Patrick Branwell Brontë (1817-1848), ostensibly nothing but a failure and disappointment to his family. The only son of Patrick and Maria Brontë, Patrick Branwell (better known as Branwell) had lofty ambitions, great creativity, and ultimately fatal demons. He also had three incredibly talented and… Continue reading Branwell Brontë’s Misery