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MS Lowell 1

Brontë, Charlotte, 1816-1855. Charlotte Brontë juvenilia: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Conservation and imaging funded by the Class of 1952 Manuscript Department Fund.

Descriptive Summary

Call No.: MS Lowell 1
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Brontë, Charlotte, 1816-1855.
Title: Charlotte Brontë juvenilia,
Date(s): 1829-1830.
Quantity: 1 collection (1 volume (.1 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Nine miniature manuscript books, written by English author Charlotte Brontë and her brother Patrick Bronwell Brontë, written when they were children.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Bequest of Amy Lowell; received: 1925.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

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Preferred Citation for Publication:

Charlotte Brontë Juvenilia (MS Lowell 1). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Charlotte Brontë (1816-1855) was an English poet and novelist and sister of Patrick Branwell Brontë (1817-1848). They were the siblings of Emily and Anne Brontë, also English writers of the 19th century. From an early age, the Brontë children collaborated to dream up imaginary worlds and created miniature books from their stories and poetry. They first wrote of the Glasstown Confederacy, a fantasy world inspired by a box of twelve wooden toy soldiers given to Branwell by his father, and later Branwell and Charlotte wrote about Angria, while Emily and Anne created Grondol.
Amy Lowell was an American Imagist poet and Thomas James Wise was an English bibliographer and book collector.


Scope and Contents

Nine juvenilia miniature manuscript books: Six by Charlotte Brontë, and three by Patrick Branwell Brontë. These books form part of a series written by the Brontë children in the years 1829-1830.
Manuscript booklets are hand-lettered, some containing simple drawings as illustrations, and sewn into paper covers, with dated and signed title pages.
Also includes notes on the manuscript by Amy Lowell and Thomas James Wise.

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