When setting up Brontë Babe Blog it was my intention to introduce readers to the Brontë juvenilia in the hope of inspiring people to actually read texts from Charlotte and Branwell’s Glass Town/Angrian saga. Sadly most of Emily and Anne’s writings have been lost to time and what remains is difficult to piece together and… Continue reading People and Places from the Brontë Juvenilia Part One: Glass Town and Angria
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
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
There are so many layers to Wuthering Heights, and there is so much more to it than Cathy and Heathcliff, but, like it or not, at its heart the novel is a love story. However, Emily isn't the only Brontë to depict a hero who is both loathed and loved by readers; her siblings also did the same thing, but in very different ways. Below are my thoughts on various Brontë love interests, some familiar, others less so, but all unable to match the enigma that is Heatchliff. There are spoilers here so don't read on unless you are familiar with the Brontës' work. Why would you even be here if you weren't though?
A few days ago I began writing this piece about Emily Brontë's status as the so-called "other Brontë", intending to post it in time for her 200th birthday on 30th July. However, the day after I began drafting the piece, an article entitled "The strange cult of Emily Brontë and the 'hot mess' of Wuthering… Continue reading Cults, Misfits, and a Hot Mess: Is Emily “the Other Brontë?”
This post was originally published a few months ago as part of my non-Brontë section. Although that section died a quick death, I've kept the posts in the archives for anybody to find if they want to. This is a piece I particularly enjoyed writing on the early fiction, or juvenilia, of Jane Austen, the… Continue reading Jane Austen’s Juvenilia
Introduction the the Text Stancliffe's Hotel is a short novella, or novelette, written in 1838 by Charlotte Brontë. It is also one of Stancliffe's Hotel was written in June 1838 when Charlotte Brontë was 22 years old and considering cutting ties with her childhood creations forever, something she managed to achieve the following year in "Farewell to… Continue reading Charlotte Brontë’s Stancliffe’s Hotel