Friday, February 12, 2010

The Bronte's Challenge

Again I was perusing a good friend's site and I am inspired there to join into another reader's challenge... this time right in line with my infatuation and study on Yorkshire, UK! For details about this challenge click here!

I love a good gothic read, and havent read any of these masterpieces since high school so it is definitely time for a reread... and this is a great impetus to move me along with it..
The list of reading ideas is quite impressive:

The Original Works
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte*
Villette by Charlotte Bronte*
Shirley by Charlotte Bronte*
The Professor by Charlotte Bronte*
Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte*
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte*
Poems by Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell
Juvenilia by Charlotte Bronte
-The Secret
-Mina Laury
-Orgins of Angria
-Marian vs. Zenobia
-Mina Laury

Biographical Works/Literary Criticism
The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell*
Charlotte Bronte: A Passionate Life by Lyndall Gordon*
The Art of the Brontes by Christine Alexander and Jane Sellars
Selected Letters of Charlotte Bronte edited by Margaret Smith
Charlotte Bronte: A Writer's Life by Rebecca Fraser
Charlotte Bronte: Unquiet Soul by Margot Peters
Bronte by Glyn Hughes
The Three Brontes by May Sinclair
The Brontes by Juliet Barker
The Brontes: A Beginner's Guide by Steve Eddy*
The Oxford Companion to the Brontes by Christine Alexander
The Bronte Myth by Lucasta Miller
In the Footsteps of the Brontes by Ellis Chadwick
Spin-offs/Modern Reworkings/Brontes as Fictional Characters/Etc.
Emma Brown: A Novel from the Unfinished Manuscript by Charlotte Bronte by Clare Boylan*
The Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fford*
Here on Earth by Alice Hoffman*
Emily's Ghost: A Novel of the Bronte Sisters by Denise Giardina
Jane Eyre's Daughter by Elizabeth Newark
Jane Airhead by Kay Woodward
Jillian Dare by Melanie M. Jeschke
The Taste of Sorrow by Jude Morgan
The Heights by Brian James
Becoming Jane Eyre by Sheila Kohler
The Infernal World of Branwell Bronte by Daphne Du Maurier
Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier (an original work inspired by Jane Eyre)*
Jamaica Inn by Daphne Du Maurier (an original work inspired by Wuthering Heights)*
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield (definitely a gothic tale in the vein of Jane Eyre)*
The Brontes went to Woolworths by Rachel Ferguson
Coldwater by Mardi Mcconnochie*
Being Emily by Anne Donovan
The Crimes of Charlotte Bronte by James Tully*
Heathcliff: The Return to Wuthering Heights by Lin Haire-Sargeant
Thornfield Hall: Jane Eyre's Hidden Story by Emma Tennant
Return to Wuthering Heights by Anna L'Estrange*
Jenna Starborn by Sharon Shinn
Since I do have Wuthering Heights on the bookcase right beside me, i suppose I should begin right there!
Aw, Catherine and Heathcliff.... I am feeling all a~tingle at the prospect!
Just in time for Valentine's Day!


  1. You might be interested in this website too - its all about the family as their father had his church in this part of Northern Ireland.

  2. I had no idea there were so many to read!One of my all time favorite books is Jane Eyre.Ive been to England twice and I believe it is a place one can really get lost in history. Simply by walking its old stone cobbles walk ways or visting the castles, even just by eating a scone with clotted cream at high tea...
    Thank you for the list


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