Charlotte Brontë artefacts to star in Morgan Library exhibition



2016-07-15 15:22:22

New York's Morgan Library is set to host a major exhibition celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charlotte Brontë.

'Charlotte Brontë: An Independent Will' will explore her life and career, from her first position as a governess in Yorkshire to her role as a celebrated author and society figure in London.

"The unifying theme of the exhibition is Brontë’s own independent will, the ambitious steps she took to attain creative success and the bold stance she took as a woman writing under a male pseudonym," said Christine Nelson, the Morgan’s curator of literary and historical manuscripts, to the New York Times.

The exhibition will feature hand-written literary manuscripts, intimate letters and rare printed books from the Morgan Library's own collection, along with personal artefacts, drawings and photographs loaned from the Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth.

Amongst the star attractions will be a portion of Brontë’s original manuscript for her 1847 novel Jane Eyre. On loan from the collection of the British Library, the manuscript will be exhibited in North America for the very first time, displayed open to the famous passage in which Jane tells Rochester "I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will; which I now exert to leave you."

Further treasures on display will include Brontë’s earliest surviving childhood manuscript, written in miniature to resemble a tiny periodical magazine; her portable writing desk and paint box; one of her dresses, and a pair of her ankle boots.

Charlotte Brontë: An Independent Will opens at The Morgan Library & Museum on September 9, 2016, and runs until January 2, 2017.

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