Friday, July 16, 2010

High Life in Verdopolis

Book Share Fridays: "High Life in Verdopolis" by Charlotte Bronte

From the book: "A story from the Glass Town Saga...Presented with facsimile illustrations from the manuscript and drawings by Charlotte Bronte herself.

This was written by Charlotte at age seventeen. I found it at a bargain book sale for 5 dollars, and was so happy to see some of Bronte's juvenelia in book form, that it had to come home with me.

The illustration on the cover is a watercolor (c. 1834) by Charlotte that she copied from "William Finden's engraving of Byron's 'Maid of Saragoza,' a source of inspiration for the Angrian heroine, Mina Laury." (original is shown below)

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