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
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
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
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
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
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?