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
Let me travel back in time to April 2011. Almost a year after graduating with such high hopes from university, and after being turned down for MA funding, I was stuck in a bit of rut. In my hometown, once famous for its glass, we were hit hard by the recession, our heritage and industry… Continue reading I’m Just Going to Write Because I Cannot Help It: Part 2 – When Glass Towns Collide
Way back in January I set myself a target of reading 30 new books in addition to specific literary tasks/challenges. Now that we're so close to the end of 2019, I thought I'd take the time to look back over my 2019 reading challenge to determine whether it was a success or a failure. I've… Continue reading 2019 Reading Challenge: Success or Failure?
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
The origins of the Brontë juvenilia are now legendary. In June 1826, Branwell Brontë was famously given a set of wooden toy soldiers by his father, Patrick. This seemingly unimportant event - a father gifting his son a set of toys to play with - has become monumental in the story of the Brontës. Patrick's gift… Continue reading A Tiny Book, a Big Campaign, and an Even Bigger World.
Introduction Charlotte Brontë is best remembered as the author of Jane Eyre (1847), a literary masterpiece and my favourite novel of all time. In her lifetime she also published two other novels, Shirley (1849) and Villette (1853). Another novel, The Professor, was published posthumously in 1857 after being rejected by publishers a decade earlier. Prior to this in 1846, Poems by Charlotte and her… Continue reading Charlotte Brontë’s Unfinished Novels: Ashworth
Here's a post with few words and lots of photos of various Brontë books that I own or have come across in libraries over the past few years. I'm mainly steering clear of Brontë inspired fiction though as I blog about this quite a bit. Reader, do you own any of these editions? … Continue reading Beautiful Brontë Books
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
The origins of the Brontë juvenilia are now legendary. Patrick Brontë's gift of 12 toy soldiers to his son, Branwell, in June 1826 was the catalyst for the creation of the Brontë siblings' paracosmic world of Glass Town. Each of the surviving Brontë siblings (Charlotte, Branwell, Emily, and Anne) chose a soldier of their own,… Continue reading Two Romantic Tales by Charlotte Brontë -Part One: The Twelve Adventurers