This is Charlotte Brontë’s earliest known effort at writing, a short story written for her sister Anne, the baby of the family. The tiny book is delightfully illustrated throughout with tiny watercolour vignettes and it still retains its original covers made from a piece of grey-flowered wallpaper.
To Walk Invisible: The Bronte Sisters Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 9pm ET MASTERPIECE on PBS Picture Shows (from left to right): Ann Bronte (CHARLIE MURPHY), Emily Bronte (CHLOE PIRRIE), and Charlotte Bronte (FINN ATKINS) Courtesy of Gary Moyes/BBC and MASTERPIECE For editorial use only.
Few novelists of the period were as fascinated as Charlotte Brontë by the power of fantasy or aware of its complicated relationship to everyday life. In her writing as a child and as a young schoolteacher, she moved effortlessly between ordinary and imaginary worlds. Here Professor John Bowen explores how this dual existence made its way into her novel Jane Eyre.