Sotheby’s London is about to auction an unpublished manuscript by a teen-aged Charlotte Brontë, as part of its sale of English Literature, History, Children’s Books & Illustrations in December. It’s a tale of murder and madness, which appears to forecast a scene from her later novel Jane Eyre — when Bertha, Mr. Rochester’s insane wife, seeks revenge by setting fire to the bed curtains in her husband’s chamber.
“Never before seen by scholars, it is the most important Brontë manuscript to have appeared at auction in more than thirty years, and is one of only a handful of such manuscripts remaining in private hands. Set in ‘Glass Town’, the earliest fictional world that the four Brontë siblings created, and written by a 14-year-old Charlotte in miniature magazine format, The Young Men’s Magazine, Number 2, is dated August 1830.” -Sotheby’s
The make-believe worlds of the Bronte children during their childhood in Yorkshire played a significant role in the understanding of their works, which include some of the greatest novels of the 19th Century. The world of ‘Glass Town’ is the first expression of the incredible imaginative community at the Brontë parsonage in that period. Read more here.