As regular readers of my blog will know, my main area of research is the Brontë juvenilia. However, I mainly concentrate on Charlotte and Branwell's Glass Town and Angrian works. Set in an exotic Africa which was very different to their reality at home in Haworth, West Yorkshire, they wrote about their paracosmic worlds for… Continue reading The Diary Papers of Emily and Anne Brontë (Juvenilia Press Edition)
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
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
For decades the question of what the Brontë sisters actually looked like has been both a puzzle and an inspiration for devotees of the sisters’ literary works. It is only natural that we should desire to put faces to the names that we feel so connected to through their words, just as we do with other famous names from the literary world (Shakespeare perhaps being the most mysterious and elusive of them all).