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

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“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.” Life Under Lockdown with Charlotte Brontë

Back in April I wrote a post about the haunting relevance of Charlotte Brontë's poem "Parting" in 2020. Back then the entire UK had been placed under a lockdown and it's fair to say nobody had ever known anything quite like it. When I wrote that post, I was lucky enough to be living with… Continue reading “I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.” Life Under Lockdown with Charlotte Brontë

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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

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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

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Charlotte Brontë’s The Professor: Juvenilia or Mature Novel?

My aim when setting up Brontë Babe Blog several years ago was to bring the childhood writings of the Brontë siblings to light. The Brontë juvenilia canon as I will call it, is a fascinating insight into the Brontës' literary apprenticeship, but it can also teach us so much more about their lives, interests, hobbies,… Continue reading Charlotte Brontë’s The Professor: Juvenilia or Mature Novel?

Juvenilia, Literature, Reviews

Reading Challenge 2020 Update

Now that we're pretty much halfway through 2020 I thought I'd share with you an update on my 2020 reading challenge. I’ve set myself another Goodreads challenge which is to read 35 books this year. So far it's going well and I've read 22 out of 35 books (thank you lockdown) so I'm more than… Continue reading Reading Challenge 2020 Update

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People and Places from the Brontë Juvenilia Part One: Glass Town and Angria

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

Brontë, Juvenilia, Literature, Reviews

Glass Town by Isabel Greenberg – Review

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