Jane Eyre and 'I' | Bronte Parsonage Museum - Bronte Parsonage Museum: We've just released a final batch of tickets to see Tracy Chevalier & Maggie O'Farrell speak in Haworth on Friday 4 November. The...
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Highlights include Charlotte’s child-size clothes, tiny books and paintings she made, a scrap from a dress she wore to an important London dinner party, and a moving love letter loaned by the British Library especially for the bicentenary. Quotes from Charlotte’s letters and writings will be projected onto the walls to demonstrate the scale of her hopes and dreams.Almost simultaneously (it opens a few days later but also in February) the National Portrait Gallery in London will hold Celebrating Charlotte Brontë: 1816 – 1855:
Contemporary art installations will also be displayed throughout the Parsonage, with UK and international artists responding to the idea of the miniature. These will include a small bed embroidered with words by and about all of the Brontës, as well as a Knitted Jane Eyre!
This display explores Brontë’s life and literary career through portraits and includes treasures on loan from the Brontë Parsonage Museum.This exhibition will cross the Atlantic and in September it will open at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York, we suppose with the addition of several of their own Brontë treasures. It will close in January 2017.
Central to the display will be the presentation of new research into the only surviving painted portraits of Charlotte with her two sisters, Emily and Anne, by their brother Branwell, in the Gallery’s Collection. This will explore the intriguing story of its discovery folded on top of a wardrobe, subsequent acquisition by the Gallery and its restoration.
Samantha Whipple is used to stirring up speculation wherever she goes. Since her father’s untimely death, she is the presumed heir to a long-rumored trove of diaries, paintings, letters, and early novel drafts passed down from the Brontë family—a hidden fortune never revealed to anyone outside of the family, but endlessly speculated about by Brontë scholars and fanatics. Samantha, however, has never seen this alleged estate and for all she knows, it’s just as fictional as Jane Eyre or Wuthering Heights.Nick Holland will publish his most awaited new biography of Anne Brontë: In Search of Anne Brontë. The first solo biography on Anne Brontë since the Chitham biography in 1991. Samantha Ellis is also preparing an Anne Brontë biography but it will probably not be published this year.