After Reading Becoming Jane Eyre by Sheila Kohler…

…I found this on a blog at Live Journal called Hark! A Vagrant, post title “get me off this freaking moor!”:

Dude Watching with the Brontes

Humor and the Brontës is a rare find…this sketch reminds me of a great drawing by E H Shepard called “Script writing at the Brontës”…there’s Charlotte holding forth in the middle of the scene reading loudly from her manuscript, Branwell drunk and bleary on the right rolling around on the floor, Emily sitting on a window ledge on the left, hair streaming behind her, bats swooping in and out and the moor calling her name, and Anne, long-suffering Anne, sitting on the settee at the bottom left, her own manuscript in front of her and she’s rolling her eyes in exasperation at the lot of them.  I saw this in a House and Garden magazine years ago as a possible decoration for a child’s bedroom (!), I ripped the page out of the magazine and have never been able to find a copy anywhere since until today when it showed up in a Google Book preview for The Brontës by David Orme , part of the “Writers in Britain” series of children’s nonfiction books from the late nineties.

More on Becoming Jane Eyre later…Anne holds her own in the novel, too.


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