Bad Book or Rank Imitation?- An Article by Maddalena De Leo

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In 2001 I read the novel Here on Earth, by American author Alice Hoffman. She was little known then, but today she’s a famous and prolific writer. I still remember it as one of the worst book I’ve ever read, as I explained in this review that I wrote at the time: According to the introduction, …

Patrick, an eccentric Reverend- Article by Maddalena De Leo

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Reverend Patrick Brontë used to put both sugar and salt in his tea and he used to have lunch alone in his studio. Since he used to bring a walking stick with him everywhere he was called Old Staff. Also, he used to wind the clock up every night before going to sleep, and shoot …

Brontë Curiosities: legends from Haworth- An Article by Maddalena De Leo

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Let’s have a look at the many local legends told by Tabby to the young Brontës in stormy, winter nights. One of those that captured their imagination was about the Gytrash, a legendary black dog well-known in northern England. It was said that this animal would appear in the form of a horse, a donkey …

Readings- The Second Discovered Manuscript. Article by Maddalena De Leo

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The new poetic manuscript found in the book belonged to the mother of the Brontës contains seventy-two iambic pentameter verses. Charlotte wrote them using a pencil, and in a small letters handwriting. The fact that there are several erasure marks and corrections in the text makes it clear that Charlotte was still editing it when the …

Readings: The First Discovered Manuscript (In Prose) – An Article by Maddalena De Leo

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The first one of two manuscripts by Charlotte Brontë- both accidentally found in the book The Remains of  Henry Kirke White- is a short, undated story written in prose, presumably dated back to 1833– year when young Charlotte started with her brother Branwell a literary collaboration that would lead to the creation of the Angrian saga. It’s a witty and funny …