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

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Christine Alexander
OUP Oxford, Sep 23, 2010 - Literary Collections - 688 pages
'We pretended we had each a large island inhabited by people 6 miles high.' In their collaborative early writings the Brontės created and peopled the most extraordinary fantasy worlds, whose geography and history they elaborated in numerous stories, poems, and plays. Together they invented characters based on heroes and writers such as Wellington, Napoleon, Scott, and Byron, whose feuds, alliances, and love affairs weave an intricate web of social and political intrigue in imaginary colonial lands in Africa and the Pacific Ocean. The writings of Glass Town, Angria, and Gondal are youthful experiments in imitation and parody, wild romance and realistic recording; they demonstrate the playful literary world that provided a 'myth kitty' for their early - and later - work. In this generous selection the writings of Charlotte, Emily, Anne, and Branwell are presented together for the first time. The Introduction explores the rich imaginative lives of the Brontės, and the tension between their maturing authorship and creative freedom. The edition also includes Charlotte Brontė's Roe Head Journal, and Emily and Anne's Diary Papers, important autobiographical sources. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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This book features prose an poetry by Anne, Charlotte, Emily, and Branwell Brontė, the bulk of which is written by Charlotte because more of her early work has survived compared to her siblings'. None ... Read full review


Diary Papers
Gondal Notes
Explanatory Notes
Glossary of Main Characters and Places in the Glass Town and Angrian Saga
Glossary of Main Characters and Places in the Gondal Saga

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Christine Alexander is co-author (with Margaret Smith) of The Oxford Companion to the Brontės (2003). Her critical study on The Early Writings of Charlotte Brontė (1983) won the British Academy Rose Mary Crawshay Prize and she has edited a multi-volume Edition of the Early Writings of Charlotte Brontė (1987, 1991, vol. 3 forthcoming).

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