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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Lowell 1

Charlotte Brontë juvenilia


Nine miniature manuscript books, written by English author Charlotte Brontë and her brother Patrick Bronwell Brontë, written when they were children.


  • Creation: 1829-1830

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

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.1 linear feet (1 volume)

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.

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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bequest of Amy Lowell; received: 1925.


  • Alexander, Christine. The Early Writings of Charlotte Brontë. Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1983.
  • Alexander, Christine and Jane Sellars. The art of the Brontës. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995, p.289-290.
  • Patrick Branwell Brontë. Branwell's Blackwood's magazine : The glass town magazine written by Branwell Brontë ; with contributions from his sister Charlotte Brontë ; introduced and edited by Christine Alexander ; assisted by Vanessa Benson and illustrated by Rebecca Alexander. Edmonton: Juvenilia Press, 1995.
  • Judith Chernaik. "An unpublished tale by Charlotte Brontë," TLS: 1973 Nov. 23.
  • An Edition of the Early Writings of Charlotte Brontë, ed. Christine Alexander; vol. 1: 1826-1832; vol. 2 Part 1: 1833-1834; Part 2: 1834-1835. Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1987, 1881.
  • The Works of Patrick Branwell Brontë: An Edition, ed. Victor A. Neufeldt, 3 vols. New York: Garland, 1997, 1999.

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Brontë, Charlotte, 1816-1855. Charlotte Brontë juvenilia: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Conservation and imaging funded by the Class of 1952 Manuscript Department Fund.

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