Tales of Glass Town, Angria, and Gondal: Selected Early


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  1. Jess Jess says:

    As Elizabeth Gaskell went about her research for the first official Bront propaganda instalment biography, she inevitably stumbled across the reams and reams of surprisingly graphic material they had churned out as children Charlotte s daringly erotic Duke of Wellington fanfic in particular posed a problem the purpose of the biography was to establish Charlotte as a suffering saint so as to vindicate her from the public opprobrium sparked by her subversive novels but unsurprisingly her sug As Elizabeth Gaskell went about her research for the first official Bront propaganda instalment biography, she inevitably stumbled across the reams and reams of surprisingly graphic material they had churned out as children Charlotte s daringly erotic Duke of Wellington fanfic in particular posed a problem the purpose of the biography was to establish Charlotte as a suffering saint so as to vindicate her from the public opprobrium sparked by her subversive novels but unsurprisingly her suggestive fantasies belied this image Thus, the juvenilia was calmly dismissed but in private Gaskell disclosed thatThey are the wildest and incoherent things They give one the idea of creative power carried to the verge of insanity Within Bront legend, there s the well known story of how the magical kingdoms of Angria n e The Glass Town and Gondal emerged Inspired by a set of twelve toy soldiers, the children developed a rich fantasy life, producing plays, poetry, tales and even magazines woven around a cast of imaginary characters, envisioning adventures that were well out of their reach Not only are these works testimony to the Bront s brilliant minds, they are also surprisingly entertaining and highly readable with the exception of some of Charlotte s and Branwell s sporadic earlier works which are, quite simply, bizarre.The juvenilia is packed full of waspish humour and acute political engagement whilst the later pieces in particular are written beautifully Charlotte s Mina Laury was a favourite, as was Anne s charming poetry and Emily s sublime counterpart Much of the poetry made a reappearance in Poems by Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell which were degondalised for publication, but the originals are highly insightful, especially since the Gondal prose has dropped out of existence under mysterious circumstances Charlotte, I m looking at you.Only Jane Austen s juvenilia rivals that of the Bront s , but quite frankly does not provide as nearly as much insight into the inner mechanics of its author Even at such an early age, the Bront s establish their own individual styles and voices as well as themes that prefigure their adult fiction Probably the most amusing is Charlotte s her idea of the perfect Byronic male in her own wordstall, strong and muscular men going about seeking whom they may devouremerges in the form of the Duke of Zamorna especially in terms of presence, command, brutish masculinity and sexual allure Emily and Anne s kingdom of Gondal however is ruled by women Says everything, doesn t it This collection is very, very thorough it provides an exhaustive appendix of notes as well as some fascinating autobiographical sources including Charlotte s Roe Head journal and Emily and Anne s diary papers.Absolutely incredible It s amazing to think that a group of fairly isolated children living in a parsonage on the bleak Yorkshire moors were able to conjure up such epic tales of murder, romance and intrigue, all set against the distant and exotic backdrop of North Africa and islands in the Pacific


  2. Ana Ana says:

    The diary and poetry sections are great, but it made me sadder that the sisters didn t reach old age together.


  3. Ashley Ashley says:

    A great collection of Bronte juvenilia If you are looking for a fun glimpse into the childhood of the Bronte siblings, make sure you take up reading this collection.


  4. Sarah Holz Sarah Holz says:

    Despite the expected uneven quality, I liked this window into the early Bronte creative process Also, as I said to myself when I began this one, I too know the fear of dying and letting your rather horrified friends stumble upon your embarrassing Duke of Wellington fan fiction that you wrote as a teenager Some of us had odd childhoods


  5. Mariana Mariana says:

    This book took me very much by surprise I expected it to be somehow less interesting to get through,of an intellectual exercise than a truly enjoyable read I couldn t have beenwrong Well, it s juvenilia Supposedly the Bront s wrote this when they were kids How many kids do you know who write compelling stories Especially considering that they weren t writing them for someone else, they were writing just for themselves But for one thing, even though it s called the juvenilia, t This book took me very much by surprise I expected it to be somehow less interesting to get through,of an intellectual exercise than a truly enjoyable read I couldn t have beenwrong Well, it s juvenilia Supposedly the Bront s wrote this when they were kids How many kids do you know who write compelling stories Especially considering that they weren t writing them for someone else, they were writing just for themselves But for one thing, even though it s called the juvenilia, the Bront s contributed to these sagas and wrote for them into their 20s, which considering how young they were when they died, represents a good chunk of their lives and their writing careers But for another thing, even the stories they wrote in their teens are good They re good for a teenager s story, if you know what I mean I wouldn t publish them myself if they crossed my path and I didn t know who the authors were, but I would see the promise and talent already latent there, no question And as the stories progress and their authors grow older, it gets better and better Anne and Emily s work is particularly impressive Only their poetry survives, and it is gorgeous This book draws you in I should however add that the Bront s, because they were writing just for their own amusement, don t really bother to explain who the characters are or how they relate to one another You have to resort to the explanatory notes consistently in order to be able to keep up Fortunately, in this edition at least, the notes are informative and interesting, so it doesn t feel like a chore to go over them And hats off to the scholars who have been making sense of these manuscripts for years It is so worth the read, whether you are a massive Bront fan or just mildly interested The stories keep you going, which I was not expecting at all I thought I d have to struggle through them a bit, and instead they were a true pleasure P.S There is something to be said of an author s work written not for publication, but solely for their own enjoyment it can be both very freeing and revealing As an example, Charlotte writes about affairs, romance, infidelity and even rudeness in a way I don t think would have been permissible in her own head had it been meant for a larger audience I wonder what they d make of the fact that these writings are now available in printP.P.S Not to be mean or anything, but I must say that now I get why Branwell didn t go very far compared to his sisters work, his writings prove inconsistent and a little silly It was still very interesting to see samples of the work of one of the world s most famous black sheeps I don t envy poor Branwell at all


  6. Thomas Thomas says:

    This collection of curiosities, a look at childhood and growing up through the fictional exploits and worlds of one of the world s most famous literary families, was never going to be the most fun reading around Taken as it is, Tales of Glass Town is an incredible document of four young people s growth as writers in the most modest of literary circumstances It is also a document of the times as we trace their political and fictional interests and influences The Br nte children, in the th This collection of curiosities, a look at childhood and growing up through the fictional exploits and worlds of one of the world s most famous literary families, was never going to be the most fun reading around Taken as it is, Tales of Glass Town is an incredible document of four young people s growth as writers in the most modest of literary circumstances It is also a document of the times as we trace their political and fictional interests and influences The Br nte children, in the throes of creative growth, have imagined and brought to life a parallel universe that mocks, mirrors and recreates their images of Britain at the time, merged with aspeculative version of colonial Africa As a filler of notebooks with nonsense, ideas, maps and dreams as a child, it is amazing to think of the four children battling each other on an imaginative stage for dominion of this semi mythological colonial planet, populated with estranged aristocrats, wannabe pirates, type cast characters and doomed heroines.As stories in their own right, most of Glass Town is hard reading In particular the opening genesis stories by Charlotte are disjointed Not everything is here, but the introduction and notes does a good job of filling in the blanks Confusion, however, is added by the multitude of names for each character, along with their numerous titles Anne and Emily s poetry, interesting as a literary incarnation of a breakaway republic, a rebellion of sorts with the formation of new colonies to populate with evenromantic couples, also make for dense reading without the gaps filled in by notes Anne s poems are theaccessible of the two and charm with a innocent lyricism and a feeling of doomed romanticism There is a fairy tale element to the songs of captivity, seperation, love and loss Charlotte, however, writes the most striking verse To think that Morning by Marquis Douro is written by a fourteen year old girl speaks volumes for the talent she possesses.Charlotte and Branwell s prose has an interesting element of competition The two fence with their alter egos and even rewrite each other s accounts of different historical events in Glass Town The influences of their politics, or influence to politics, and of a journalistic style is very evident, especially in Branwell s caustic style Charlotte and Emily in her poetry reveal their influences as well, and hint at the work they would later produce Mina Laury and Caroline Vernon the two most entertaining pieces if taken out of context, both brooding romances with doomed yet powerful heroines experiment with a Gothic tone, with dark, handsome, irresistible and dangerous heroes and battling young girls struggling for autonomy and control Both Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre seem to echo and grow through the lines of these inexperiences yet promising tales.The true enjoyment of Glass Town comes perhaps from imagining the siblings at work creating their early literary pieces In so isolated a setting, with mainly their father and his political and literary leanings for inspiration, it is fascinating to think of their young minds exploding with such multitudes of ideas, creating new worlds and attempting to understand the world around them, absorbing and regurgitating their influences, the pop culture of the day, growing up together, vying with each other for imaginative dominance, stretching their wings and teaching themselves to become some of the most famous female writers in the English language 6


  7. Odette Odette says:

    This is a fairly well curated anthology, although for someone who hadn t previously read any of the Angria stories, it was hard to keep track of what the national history of the fictional places is and who s who and what the context is for these stories The introduction and notes are very interesting and thorough and really help to illuminate the texts.This is a deeply interesting book to read if you have read some of the famous novels published by the Bronte sisters and you are interesting in This is a fairly well curated anthology, although for someone who hadn t previously read any of the Angria stories, it was hard to keep track of what the national history of the fictional places is and who s who and what the context is for these stories The introduction and notes are very interesting and thorough and really help to illuminate the texts.This is a deeply interesting book to read if you have read some of the famous novels published by the Bronte sisters and you are interesting in reading into the biographical background of the authors The collection provides an intimate look inside the young minds of this fascinating literary family and the creative relationships between the siblings, and their evolving world views and sense of style and character You can really see the prototypes for the kind of characters who appear in Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights forming before your eyes in a complex process as you read through this collection The small collection of diary entries by Emily and Anne at the back are also deeply poignant artefacts of the young authors hopes and relationships.If you are looking for well written pieces of fiction, you will find the majority of this book very boring The Brontes show enormous intelligence and promising style and wittiness for their age, but their age does show This is teens and young adults writing in the nineteenth century a wordy adolescence There is plenty of humour, the characters are morally complex and compelling and the stories are entertaining but the writing is dense and excessively flowery, and detours are frequently made to describe what the characters are wearing and how sexy they are Charlotte is the wordiest and Branwell the most pretentious The best pieces in this book are the poems by Emily Her cadence as a writer simply blows me away poem after poem for beauty


  8. lauren lauren says:

    4.5 starsI really enjoyed this collection of the Bront s juvenilia I had only ever read this kind of writing in biographies on the family, so I was excited to readof a variety one that wasn t necessarily bias you know, the ones that support a biographer s point For the most part, the collection was brilliant I liked having this window into the lives and imaginations of the young Bront s I much prefer the writing and world of Gondal in comparison to Angria and Glass Town The latte 4.5 starsI really enjoyed this collection of the Bront s juvenilia I had only ever read this kind of writing in biographies on the family, so I was excited to readof a variety one that wasn t necessarily bias you know, the ones that support a biographer s point For the most part, the collection was brilliant I liked having this window into the lives and imaginations of the young Bront s I much prefer the writing and world of Gondal in comparison to Angria and Glass Town The latter two focus heavily on political intrigue, war, and mythological elements However, Gondal feels a lotnatural and personal Emily and Anne incorporate their own lives, specifically their surroundings, into their verse I really wish their prose survived I bet it would have been beautiful to read.The only reason I rated it down by half a star was for the monotony of some of Charlotte s and Branwell s longer short stories Although they were interesting, they occasionally got a little tedious The stories discussed stuff I wasn t particularly interested in However, they did demonstrate the brilliancy of the Bront s minds I had to keep reminding myself that these were written whilst they were young, especially Anne Their word choice their writing in general was just beautiful.I would definitely recommend


  9. Siobhán Siobhán says:

    I did not read the entire thing, just bits and pieces on Anne s Juvenilia the introductions I m not sure if I d make it through the entire thing because some of the stories Charlotte s especially are really weird, full of weird spelling mistakes, and overall not very good It s Juvenilia, yes, I know, and it s interesting how these fantasy stories early Speculative Fiction I d say have shaped the siblings later novels, but this is too much for me to read it in one go Kudos to those of y I did not read the entire thing, just bits and pieces on Anne s Juvenilia the introductions I m not sure if I d make it through the entire thing because some of the stories Charlotte s especially are really weird, full of weird spelling mistakes, and overall not very good It s Juvenilia, yes, I know, and it s interesting how these fantasy stories early Speculative Fiction I d say have shaped the siblings later novels, but this is too much for me to read it in one go Kudos to those of you who made it through the entire thing Other thing that annoyed me was that it was really small and hard to read, especially the endnotes Might be my bad eyesight, but it was hard to stay concentrated 3 Stars for the 15 20% that I read


  10. Emily Emily says:

    I read this by piecing together various previews onand Google Books and managed to read like 90% of this somehow Anyway the Brontes were ahead of their time this is some Game of Thrones typed nonsense.


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