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 People and Places from the Brontë Juvenilia Part One: Glass Town and Angria
As frequent visitors to my site will know, my main passion in life is the work of the Brontë siblings, and more specifically, the early works, or juvenilia of Charlotte and Branwell. The general consensus is that juvenilia are works written by authors who are under the age of twenty, or, in a nutshell, the… Continue reading Six Gems of Children’s Literature
Charlotte Brontë's satirical short play The Poetaster is one of her earliest contributions to the Glass Town/Angrian saga, and one of the most enjoyable. Although the play features Brontë juvenilia regulars such as Lord Charles Wellesley and his older brother, Arthur, the Marquis of Douro, The Poetaster can be read and enjoyed in isolation by those unfamiliar with the events of the Glass Town saga.
The Search After Happiness is a short story written by Charlotte Brontë when she was just thirteen years old. The manuscript is one of the Brontë children’s “tiny books”, written in mock magazine style, and is now housed in the British Library’s archives. The manuscript contains many errors and revisions, one of the most prominent being on the title page where the young Charlotte had initially dated the text 1828 before crossing this out and replacing it with 1829.
When we think of the works of fiction produced by the Brontë siblings, we conjure up images of brooding anti-heroes, poor governesses, and wild Yorkshire moors. In short, we tend to think of Charlotte’s Jane Eyre, Emily’s Wuthering Heights, and Anne’s Agnes Grey, novels seemingly written by three lonely and isolated sisters in their family home against the backdrop of the harsh environment of northern England.