165 years ago, on October 16, 1847, Jane Eyre was first published by Smith, Elder & Co. of London, England, under the pen name “Currer Bell.

theoddmentemporium:

The Brontes invented imaginary realms, and created some of the first fan-fiction.

The Brontë sisters are best known as the authors of literary gothic tales like Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre, but in their childhood, they worked with their brother to invent the made-up realm of the Glass Town Federation.
According to the British Library, which is featuring the Brontë’s hand-written Glass Town sagas as part of its new exhibition on science fiction, the four Brontë siblings invented the kingdoms of Angria and Gondal, and the capital city of Glass Town. “They became obsessive about their imaginary worlds, drawing maps and creating lives for their characters and featured themselves as the “gods” (“genii”) of their world. Their stories are in tiny micro-script, as if written by their miniature toy soldiers.”
The storytelling started with the toy soldiers and became their own publication, the Young Men’s Magazine, as explained by Branwell Brontë in his book, The History Of The Young Men From Their First Settlement To The Present Time.
Charlotte and Branwell Brontë created the kingdom of Angria with their younger sisters Emily and Anne — but the younger Brontë sisters broke away and created their own kingdom, Gondal, when the older siblings assigned them “inferior parts” in their group storytelling. Originally, these kingdoms were pure made-up fantasy worlds, but over time the Brontë sisters started adding characters from popular fiction and real life. 

Tales of Glass Town, Angria and Gondal on Google Books!

theoddmentemporium:

The Brontes invented imaginary realms, and created some of the first fan-fiction.

The Brontë sisters are best known as the authors of literary gothic tales like Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre, but in their childhood, they worked with their brother to invent the made-up realm of the Glass Town Federation.

According to the British Library, which is featuring the Brontë’s hand-written Glass Town sagas as part of its new exhibition on science fiction, the four Brontë siblings invented the kingdoms of Angria and Gondal, and the capital city of Glass Town. “They became obsessive about their imaginary worlds, drawing maps and creating lives for their characters and featured themselves as the “gods” (“genii”) of their world. Their stories are in tiny micro-script, as if written by their miniature toy soldiers.”

The storytelling started with the toy soldiers and became their own publication, the Young Men’s Magazine, as explained by Branwell Brontë in his book, The History Of The Young Men From Their First Settlement To The Present Time.

Charlotte and Branwell Brontë created the kingdom of Angria with their younger sisters Emily and Anne — but the younger Brontë sisters broke away and created their own kingdom, Gondal, when the older siblings assigned them “inferior parts” in their group storytelling. Originally, these kingdoms were pure made-up fantasy worlds, but over time the Brontë sisters started adding characters from popular fiction and real life. 

Tales of Glass Town, Angria and Gondal on Google Books!

Appeal to ‘save’ Charlotte Bronte treasure

hollandparksweetie:

A museum dedicated to the Bronte sisters has launched an appeal for funds to buy a “lost” Charlotte Bronte manuscript and put it on public show.

Young Men’s Magazine Number 2 is valued at up to £300,000 by Sotheby’s. 

The Bronte Parsonage Museum, based in the literary family’s home in Haworth, West Yorkshire, already has four of the other five volumes in the series.

It is “the most significant manuscript to come to light in decades”, museum director Andrew McCarthy said.

The 4,000-word miniature magazine was written by Charlotte at the age of 14 and contains stories set in Glass Town, a fantasy world created by the sisters and their brother Branwell.

It has never been published and is considered to be important for the light it sheds on Charlotte’s literary development. It is being sold by a private European collector.

“It’s certainly the most significant Bronte manuscript to come to light in decades, but we should also see this as a national treasure with significance to our broader literary heritage,” Mr McCarthy said.

Charlotte Bronte manuscriptThe manuscript will be auctioned by Sotheby’s in London on 15 December

“It would be very sad indeed if this wonderful manuscript was not repatriated or was again lost to a private collection.

“We feel very strongly that it belongs here in Haworth and we’re appealing for people to get in touch if they can help us raise the funds to make sure it does return.”

Mr McCarthy added: “It’s very difficult for us to compete in a market where these items can fetch such high prices and we need the support of organisations and individuals to make sure that they are returned to Haworth.”

One story in the manuscript is a precursor to the famous passage in Jane Eyre in which Mr Rochester’s insane wife, who is kept in the attic, seeks revenge by setting fire to his bed curtains.

The hand-written magazine will be auctioned by Sotheby’s in London on 15 December.

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Happy Birthday, Charlotte Brontë!
It is in vain to say human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquility: they must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it.
http://www.online-literature.com/brontec/

Happy Birthday, Charlotte Brontë!

It is in vain to say human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquility: they must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it.

http://www.online-literature.com/brontec/

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