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
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
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
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?