Brontë, Literature, Reviews, Juvenilia

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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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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The Young Men’s Magazine and Charlotte Brontë’s Strange Events

In 1826 Branwell Brontë was famously given a set of toy soldiers by his father, Patrick. It is well known that Branwell and his sisters, Charlotte, Emily, and Anne, each seized a soldier, named it, and went on to create a whole world centred on these figures. Charlotte chose Wellington, Branwell opted for Napoleon, Emily… Continue reading The Young Men’s Magazine and Charlotte Brontë’s Strange Events

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The Green Dwarf by Charlotte Brontë

The Green Dwarf: A Tale of the Present Tense is a novella by Charlotte Brontë. Finished on 2nd September 1833 when Charlotte was just 17 years old, it is part of the Glass Town saga, taking place just months before the creation of the Kingdom of Angria in early 1834, which would then become the principal… Continue reading The Green Dwarf by Charlotte Brontë

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Charlotte Brontë: The Lost Manuscripts

As regular readers of my blog will know, I'm obsessed with all things Brontë, however, there is a special place in my heart reserved for the Brontë juvenilia. Set in Glass Town, Angria, and Gondal, the Brontës penned their literary sagas from childhood, and despite being very different from what readers traditionally associate with the Brontës' adult… Continue reading Charlotte Brontë: The Lost Manuscripts

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An Introduction to the Brontë Juvenilia

The Brontë sisters are three of the most successful and beloved authors of all time. Charlotte (1816-1855), Emily (1818-1848), and Anne (1820-1849) were born to Patrick and Maria Brontë in the small village of Thornton in West Yorkshire, England. In 1820, the sisters, along with their parents and siblings Maria, Elizabeth, and Patrick Branwell (more… Continue reading An Introduction to the Brontë Juvenilia

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A Glimpse of Gondal in Charlotte Brontë’s A Day at Parry’s Palace

July 30th 2018 marks the bicentenary of Emily Jane Brontë, the fifth of six children born to Patrick and Maria Brontë in Thornton, Yorkshire in 1818. Brontë is of course the celebrated author of the novel Wuthering Heights (which is no hot mess) and some remarkable poetry. However, she is also a contributor to a literary saga… Continue reading A Glimpse of Gondal in Charlotte Brontë’s A Day at Parry’s Palace

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Branwell Brontë’s The Pirate

The central figure of The Pirate is Branwell's favourite pseudonym and character Alexander Rougue. He is later referred to as Rogue and that is the spelling I have chosen to adopt in this post. Rogue's backstory is complicated, as is his later life. At this stage in the saga, Rogue is a demagogue modelled on Napoleon, a historical figure who fascinated the young Branwell. A ruthless and bloodthirsty character, the staunch Republican Rogue leads a rebellion in Verdopolis in the style of the French Revolution, however, he is eventually overthrown

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A-Z of Charlotte Brontë’s Juvenilia (Part One)

Part One: A-Q When setting up this site 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 Gondal saga has been lost to time and what remains is difficult to… Continue reading A-Z of Charlotte Brontë’s Juvenilia (Part One)

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Worlds of Ink and Shadow by Lena Coakley

In addition to featuring posts on the works of the Brontës, I also like to discover and post about Brontë inspired fiction. This time it's the turn of Lena Coakley's 2016 novel, Worlds of Ink and Shadow: A Novel of the Brontës, which I recently finished reading and included on my list of 30 of the Best Books About the Brontës. Like Catherynne M. Valente's The Glass Town Game, this is a narrative which focuses on the Brontës' early writings, or juvenilia, set in their fictional fantasy worlds of Glass Town, Gondal, and Angria. I'm going to avoid spoilers in this post and attempt to review by summarising and sharing my overall thoughts on the text. Forgive my digressions on the history of the Brontë juvenilia, but why write a review of a text based on it without bothering to mention it?