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|| List of illustrations -- Introduction -- Note on the text -- Select bibliography -- Chronology -- Charlotte Bronte: -- History of the year -- Origin of the O'Dears' -- Origin of the Islanders' -- Two Romantic tales -- Twelve adventurers -- Adventure in Ireland -- Tales of the Islanders, volume 2 -- Interesting passage in the lives of some eminent men of the present time -- Young men's magazine, October 1830 -- Albion and Marina -- Spell, an extravaganza -- We wove a web in childhood -- Roe Head Journal: -- Well here I am at Roe Head -- Now as I have a little bit of time -- All this day I have been in a dream -- I'm just going to write because I cannot help it -- My compliments to the weather -- About a week since I got a letter from Branwell -- Mina Laury -- Caroline Vernon -- Farewell to Angria -- Liar detected -- Ode on the celebration of the great African games -- Pirate a tale -- Politics of Verdopolis -- Angrian battle song -- Percy's musings upon the battle of Edwardston -- Mary's prayer -- EmilyBronte: -- High waving heather 'neath stormy blasts bending -- AGA: There shines the moon, at noon of night -- AGA to AE: Lord of Elbe on Elbe hill -- Alone I sat the summer day -- Night is darkening round me -- I'll come when thou art saddest -- AGA to AS: O wander no so far away! -- Arthur Ex[ina] to Marcius: In dungeons dark I cannot sing -- Song by J Brenzaida to GS: I knew not't was so dire a crime -- F DeSamara to AGA: Light up thy halls! 'this closing day -- Little while, a little while -- By R Gleneden: From our evening fireside now -- AGA to the bluebell -- I am the only being whose doom -- And now the housedog stretched once more -- Well, some may hate and some may scorn (stanza to-1846) -- If greif for greif can touch thee -- Riches I hold in light esteem' (Old stoic 1846) -- Shall earth no more inspire thee -- Geraldine: Twas night, her comrades gathered all -- Rosina: Weeks of wild delirium past -- Yes holy be thy resting place -- MG-for the US: Twas yesterday at early dawn -- EW to AGA: How few of all the hearts that loved -- Linnet in the rocky dells (Song 1846) -- To imagination (To imagination 1846) -- From a dungeon wall in the southern college -- R Alcona to J Brenzaida: 'Cold in the earth and the deep snow piled above thee! (Remembrance 1846) -- AE and RC: Heavy hangs the raindrop (including "Child of delight! With sunbright hair) -- Julian M and AG Rochelle: Silent is the house -- all are laid asleep (1846 part as the Prisoner) -- Why ask to know the date-the clime? -- Why ask to know what date what clime -- Anne Bronte: -- Verse by Lady Geralda -- Alexander and Zenobia -- Voice from the dungeon -- Captive's dream -- North wind -- Parting-(including The lady of Alzerno's hall') -- Verses to a child -- Fragment (self-congratulation 1846) -- Lines written at Thorp Green (appeal 1846) -- Consolation (The Consolation 1846) -- Memory (Memory 1846) -- Lines inscribed on the wall of a dungeon in the southern P of I -- Call me away -- Song: 'We know where deepest lies the snow' -- Song-: Come to the banquet -- Mirth and mourning -- Weep not too much, my darling -- Z's dream -- Gloomily the clouds are sailing -- Appendix A: Diary papers -- Appendix B: Gondal notes -- Explanatory news -- Glossary of main characters and places in the glass town -- Glossary of main characters and places in the glass town and Angrian Saga -- Glossary of main characters and places in the Gondal Saga -- Index of titles and first lines.
|| Book Description: In their collaborative early writings, the Brontes 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--a playful literary world that they would draw upon for their early and later work. In this generous selection, the early writings of the Bronte's are presented together for the first time. Christine Alexander's Introduction explores the rich imaginative lives of the Brontes, and the tension between their maturing authorship and creative freedom. The edition includes Charlotte Bronte's Roe Head Journal, and Emily and Anne's Diary Papers. The edition also has a key to characters and place, detailed notes, and a map of Glass Town and Angria.