Angria and Gondal
It is impossible to present a clear, consecutive picture of the early writings of the Brontës. Miss Fannie Ratchford, whose work on the subject provides the best available conspectus, studied ‘in originals or copies more than a hundred manuscripts by Charlotte and her brother Branwell’. In volume they were found to equal all the previously published work of the Brontë sisters. Some of the books microscopically handprinted by Charlotte and Branwell exist only in fragments; some are lost; and all the Gondal prose of Emily and Anne appears to have been destroyed. What survives shows in particular Charlotte’s evolution as a writer, and throws light on the impulses, released or restrained, which were working in the direction of her mature novels.
KeywordsGeneral Geography Imperial Palace Green Dwarf Consecutive Picture Romantic Fiction
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