Jul 022010

The Completion of Charlotte Brontë’s Unfinished Manuscript

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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In the months prior to Charlotte Brontë’s marriage to Arthur Bell Nicholls, Charlotte began to pen a story, familiar in theme, about a small, plain girl in a school. Charlotte only completed two chapters of this manuscript and gave it the working title of Emma (similar to Jane Austen’s 1815 novel!) If not for her death in March of 1855, Charlotte most likely would have completed Emma and would have introduced yet another remarkable work of literature to the world.

Clare Boylan, who interestingly enough shares the same initials and birthday as Charlotte Brontë, felt herself inspired and propelled to complete this unfinished manuscript. Ms. Boylan finishes this work of fiction employing and expounding upon themes such as women in society, independence/dependence, morality, and social consciousness that will be familiar to readers of Charlotte Brontë’s novels. In addition, Ms. Boylan’s tale, which takes place in London, emphasizes the social and working conditions of the poor during the Victorian Era, a situation that greatly interested and distressed Charlotte Brontë during her visits to that great city. The result is this dark, mysterious, and heartrending tale titled: Emma Brown. Continue reading »

Mar 142010

An Emotional and Passionate Masterpiece

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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When rereading one of your favorite novels it is a little like returning home. You feel a sense of security, contentment, familiarity, and perhaps, nostalgia. You recall past memories that are pleasant and sweet. In addition, you observe that in the lapse of time you have matured, grown in understanding and wisdom, and often see things differently than you did before. Rereading Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, for me, has been like returning home. It felt comfortable and familiar, and I reminisced about the first time I read it (which was when I was 16). Even though I knew what was going to occur and how it would all end, I felt I made new discoveries and gained new appreciation for this magnificent masterpiece.

Jane Eyre, a passionate and poor orphan at the age of ten is unloved and misunderstood. Because she is irksome and hated by her Aunt Reed, she is sent to Lowood Institution where she matures into a young woman who is plain in looks yet independent in thinking. She accepts a position as a governess to a young ward named Adele Varens in a gothic mansion called Thornfield Hall, whose master is frequently absent. Continue reading »