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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Happy Birthday, Anne Brontë

This is a short post to wish Anne Brontë, the youngest member of our beloved Brontë family, a very happy birthday. Anne was born in Thornton, Yorkshire to Patrick and Maria Brontë on the 17th January 1820. It's strange to think that the baby of the family would have been the ripe old age of 199 today. Anne… Continue reading Happy Birthday, Anne Brontë

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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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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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Charlotte Brontë’s The Duke of Zamorna

Introduction and Background The Duke of Zamorna is a novelette by Charlotte Brontë. Written in July 1838 when she was 22 years old, the narrative is one of the final additions to Charlotte's Angrian saga which famously began with her father's gift of twelve toy soldiers to her brother, Branwell, in 1826 and the creation of… Continue reading Charlotte Brontë’s The Duke of Zamorna

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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