Brontë, Juvenilia, Literature, Reviews

Beyond the Brontë Juvenilia: Ethel Turner’s That Young Rebel

As regular readers of my blog will know, my main area of research is the Brontë juvenilia, and although I occasionally branch out to study the childhood works of Jane Austen, Lewis Carroll, and Virginia Woolf, there are many more so-called juvenile authors waiting to be discovered. After attending the Sixth International Literary Juvenilia Conference in… Continue reading Beyond the Brontë Juvenilia: Ethel Turner’s That Young Rebel

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Brontë, Juvenilia, Literature, Reviews

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