LIFE AS MYTH

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JOURNAL

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JOURNAL 2011

Life as Myth

Naming a life

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SPRING 2011

Naming her life

Index 2011

Childhood and loss

Retreat into imagination

Ambiguous choices

The color of her mind

The awakened soul

Naming her life

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LIFEWORKS

About

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ARCHIVES

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SPRING 2011
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RETREAT INTO IMAGINATION

The Parsonage, home of the Brontë family. ca. 1860, Haworth, UK.

For the five years immediately following the deaths of Maria and Elizabeth, the Brontë children received their education at home from their father, their aunt, and two private music and art instructors. It was during this period that the children developed an imaginary world: the African kingdom of "Angria". The children created extensive characters and stories about Angria which they then meticulously logged in diminutive books. These early stories were the first expressions of their literary talents.

In time, Anne, Emily and Charlotte all went away to school again and eventually all took work as teachers and governesses. One of the last such posts was Anne's employment as governess to the children of Reverend Edmund Robinson and his wife Lydia at Thorp Green [1840-1845]. In 1842 she secured a tutoring position at Thorp Green for her brother Branwell. However, Branwell's affair with Lydia Robinson resulted in his dismissal and Anne's resignation in 1845.

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Elizabeth Branwell (1776 - 1842), "Aunt Branwell", was the older sister of Maria and after caring for her dying sister, assumed the care of the six Brontë children.

 

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