Brontë, Flash fiction, Juvenilia, Literature

Hidden Treasure: More Brontë Flash Fiction

Hidden Treasure Charlotte Brontë looked at the quill in her hand and felt irritable. Abandoning her writing and walking to the parsonage window, she reflected on her surroundings. Haworth’s cobbled streets and countryside had provided an excellent setting for her childhood adventures; the four surviving Brontë siblings had roamed the moors whenever the weather had… Continue reading Hidden Treasure: More Brontë Flash Fiction

Brontë, Juvenilia, Literature

Toy Soldiers, Tiny Books, and an Enormous World

When we think of fiction produced by the Brontës, we conjure up images of brooding anti-heroes, poor governesses, and wild Yorkshire moors; we do not tend to think of toy soldiers, tiny books, and African fantasy worlds. Charlotte (1816-1855), Emily (1818-1848), and Anne (1820-1849) were born to Patrick and Maria Brontë in the small village… Continue reading Toy Soldiers, Tiny Books, and an Enormous World

Brontë, Juvenilia

Beyond the Brontë Juvenilia: Discovering More Child Authors

When setting up Brontë Babe Blog it was my intention to introduce readers to the Brontë juvenilia in the hope of inspiring people to actually read texts from Charlotte and Branwell’s Glass Town/Angrian saga. Sadly most of Emily and Anne’s writings have been lost to time and what remains is difficult to piece together and… Continue reading Beyond the Brontë Juvenilia: Discovering More Child Authors

Brontë, Juvenilia, Literature

5 Overlooked Brontë Women

The Brontë sisters created some of the most memorable characters in literary history, many of them female, which may perhaps be why their work still seems refreshing today. However, dig beneath the surface a little and you will find there are more inspiring and intriguing female characters in their works. I thought it might be… Continue reading 5 Overlooked Brontë Women

Brontë, Juvenilia, Literature

Re-Discovering Jane Eyre: Reader, I Love It

Reader, it's no secret that my favourite author of all time is Charlotte Brontè, and that my favourite novel of all time is her 1847 masterpiece, Jane Eyre. It might therefore seem strange that I've never dedicated a post to it, but perhaps that's simply because I love it so much and there is so much I… Continue reading Re-Discovering Jane Eyre: Reader, I Love It

Brontë, Juvenilia, Literature

Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been, Caroline Vernon? Charlotte Brontë, Joyce Carol Oates, and the Adolescent Female

For a long time I've been wanting to write a post on Charlotte Brontë's 1839 novella, Caroline Vernon. It's one of my absolute favourite works by Charlotte. The penultimate extant text from her juvenilia/Glass Town and Angrian writings, it tells the story of a teenage girl named Caroline who lives with her unstable mother in exile,… Continue reading Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been, Caroline Vernon? Charlotte Brontë, Joyce Carol Oates, and the Adolescent Female

Brontë, Juvenilia, Literature, Reviews

The Enfant by Charlotte Brontë

It's been quite a while since I've posted anything exclusively on the Brontë juvenilia or an in-depth look at one of Charlotte or Branwell's early Glass Town Tales. In the past I've gone right back to the beginning and looked at texts such as Charlotte's Two Romantic Tales. I thought it would be nice, and perhaps… Continue reading The Enfant by Charlotte Brontë

Brontë, Juvenilia, Literature, Poetry, Reviews

30 of the Best Books About the Brontës: Revised

A couple of years ago I penned what has turned out to be one of my most popular posts ever. I listed 30 books about the Brontës which have been particularly useful or enlightening during my research on the family over the years. To qualify the books simply had to be entirely about the Brontës… Continue reading 30 of the Best Books About the Brontës: Revised

Brontë, Juvenilia, Literature, Reviews, Uncategorized

Charlotte Brontë’s The Search After Happiness, Good Editing, and the Brontë Juvenilia

Background As I'm obsessed with the Brontë juvenilia, I make it my business to read as many versions of the writings as I can find. Yes, in theory, the narratives should be the same, but in the case of juvenilia, how a text is edited can have a big impact on how it is not… Continue reading Charlotte Brontë’s The Search After Happiness, Good Editing, and the Brontë Juvenilia

Brontë, Juvenilia, Literature, Uncategorized

Branwell Brontë: An Appreciation

June 26th 2020 marks the 203rd birthday of Branwell Brontë. Born in 1817 to Patrick and Maria Brontë in Thornton, he was the fourth of six children, and the only boy in an intelligent, creative, yet poor family. After moving from Thornton to Haworth where the family took up residency in the now iconic Brontë… Continue reading Branwell Brontë: An Appreciation