Sunday, 30 September 2012
Nipped down to London last week to catch the last few days of the Writing Britain exhibition at the British Library which I first read about on Book Snob's blog (Thanks Rachel!)
I particularly wanted to see the Charlotte Bronte manuscript of Jane Eyre. Her handwriting was exquisite and there was also a notebook with one of Emily's poems. As usual poor old Anne didn't get a look in. I don't understand why Anne Bronte is so often overlooked. Agnes Grey is a little gem of a novel and Agnes has something of the wit of Austen and the spirit of Jane Eyre.
The British Library has a very nice little bookshop. Did the fact that I already own two editions of Agnes Grey in paperback stop me buying it again in hardback? Nah. When I retire I probably won't be able to afford hardbacks so I want a small collection of Austen and Bronte in the Everyman's Library editions on my bookshelf.
This edition has an introduction by Lucy Hughes-Hallett who is a perceptive Bronte critic and the cover is part of the portrait of the Bronte sisters painted by Branwell which can be seen in the National Portrait Gallery. Doesn't Anne have soulful eyes?