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Bronte sisters' two-inch books to display at Harvard library

Thanks to poet Amy Lowell, the Harvard Library has come across some very tiny, very valuable literary treasures from the Bronte family.

In the 1800s, Charlotte Bronte and her sisters lost their mother and their two eldest siblings. At the young ages of 9 and 10, Charlotte and her brother Branwell then started writing plays about the adventures of their toy soldiers set in a fictional world. Soon afterwards, Charlotte’s two youngest sisters, Emily and Anne, followed with stories of their own. The siblings called themselves “scribblemaniacs,” a name that followed them into early adulthood.

Most of the Bronte family’s childhood stories ended up in hand-sewn books that stood just two inches tall. And after a donation from Lowell, Harvard Magazine is reporting that Harvard’s Houghton Library has worked hard to preserve and protect the miniature pieces. The library is set to display nine of the approximately 20 books, one of which is the beginning of a novelette called “An interesting passage in the lives of some eminent personages of the present age,” written by Charlotte under the name “Lord Charles Wellesley.” Get a glimpse of the books themselves—so teeny!—at Harvard Mag.

The Brontë Sisters, now with Kung-Fu Grip!

“Book on, Brontës!” If you’re a fan of action figures, Victorian literature, or both, you should check out this kickass fake commercial for the Brontë Sisters Power Dolls, as the first siblings of literature fight their way past patriarchic literary norms with book-flinging action, just like they did in real life. These twisted sisters take a cannon to the Western canon!

Are there any other authors you think would make for good action figures? G.I. Poe, perhaps? Barbie and Ken Follett? He-Man Melville?

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