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November 12, 2015 3:50 PM   Subscribe

Unpublished Charlotte Brontë story and poem discovered. [The Guardian]
The short story features a public flogging, embezzling from the Wesleyan chapel, and a “vicious” caricature of the Reverend John Winterbottom – a religious opponent of the children’s father. Winterbottom is “in the middle of the night dragged from his bed” and then “by the heels from one end of the village to the other”, writes Charlotte in the story. The poem features Mary Percy, the lovesick wife of the king of Angria Zamorna, and “one of the leading Angria characters”, said Dinsdale.
posted by Fizz (7 comments total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
 
First that portrait, now this!? Is this some kind of viral marketing for Charlotte Brontë coming out with a new book?
posted by Krazor at 4:40 PM on November 12, 2015 [5 favorites]


Is this some kind of viral marketing for Charlotte Brontë coming out with a new book?

Hologram Brontë dropping a new mix tape in 2016!?!
posted by Fizz at 5:03 PM on November 12, 2015 [2 favorites]


“It’s of interest to anyone interested in Charlotte’s life, and because of the tragic story of the Brontës, their lives are particularly appealing to a wide range of people,” she said.

Is it the fact that their lives were short and tragic that people are interested in the Brontes, or that they seem like a family of interesting & intelligent people who in a better universe would be my friends?
posted by bleep at 5:11 PM on November 12, 2015


a family of interesting & intelligent people who in a better universe would be my friends?

bleep, if you want to read a bit more about the family, I urge you to pick up Juliet Barker's biography of the family: The Brontës: Wild Genius on the Moors: The Story of a Literary Family. It's a wonderful read. Elisabeth Gaskell also wrote a biography about Charlotte, titled: The Life of Charlotte Bronte.
posted by Fizz at 5:28 PM on November 12, 2015


See also Lucasta Miller's The Bronte Myth, which is precisely about the "tragic story" narrative.

The real Holy Grail, as the article points out, would be the manuscript of Emily's incomplete second novel. There's another fragment of Charlotte's adult fiction extant, which Clare Boylan finished (not very well, honestly).
posted by thomas j wise at 6:13 PM on November 12, 2015 [2 favorites]


They seem more functional than the Jameses.
posted by grobstein at 6:25 PM on November 12, 2015 [1 favorite]


Anyone know anything about the new Shelley?
posted by Samizdata at 3:16 AM on November 13, 2015


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