Monday, January 4, 2010

Charlotte

Okay, Jane Austen had a better sense of humor, I'll grant you that. But isn't Charlotte Bronte something, the sheer stubborn persistence in her literary aspirations, mirrored in her quiet, plain, insignificant heroine's refusal to knuckle under to the blows of fate?

She's on a t-shirt on redbubble.

21 comments:

bindu said...

I love that feather she's holding! Very rich and vibrant in the b&w illustration.

Fresca said...

I like Jane Austen just fine, but Charlotte Bronte is a freaking force of nature!

Shirley said...

What a FABULOUS illustration. I must say, that I must, must read more this year. Thank you for this! : ) And thank you for your kind visit. Happy New Year to you!

Steve said...

Charlotte was a fine woman but I always had a thing for Emily...

Charles Gramlich said...

to my shame, I don't know much about her.

Jasmine said...

Charlotte Bronte is amazing and a little more feminist in her writing me thinks. Sometimes I look bak at the classics I used to love and think of how sexist they are. Was I so naive not to have bee stricken by this before?

Good picture,very Lady Shakespeare!

Clowncar said...

Yep, what bindu sez: that feather makes the picture. Very cool.

Never read a word of Bronte's. Any of them. I'll remedy that someday.

herhimnbryn said...

Quietly determned was our Charlotte.

Totalfeckineejit said...

A fine portrait.A certain feisty menace about the eyes.

Useless TFE information no 106.Charlottte was married to a man from Banagher Co. Offaly (a short cycle ride from TFE ancestral home)and she stayed there for a while.He is buried in a churchyard at the top of the main street and a portait of the Brontes and some of the sisters diaries were found in his old house.

Celeste Bergin said...

Bronte is definitely "something" and you have done a bang up job of showing us the wry side of her

donny* said...

excellent representation. me like!

Adam said...

Happy new year!

The Haworth house of the Brontes is a really interesting visit if you ever find yourself in Yorkshire!

ger said...

Stubborn, determined + a little bit odd - as a writer/an authoress needs to be I guess...

justdoodleit said...

Remarkable! Like that prominent writer's forehead and the colorful feather.

Fresca said...

P.S. I woke up in the night (really!) thinking your picture of Charlotte reminded me of Edward Gorey's stage sets for "Dracula"--remember? All black and white, with one touch of red.

It reminds me that I saw the production on Broadway with Frank Langella as Dracula in 1977, when I was sixteen. What an amazing stroke of luck!
The one bit of red glowed--a brooch, a flower, some wine on stage. I suppose it was lighting, but at any rate, it stills gleams in my memory.

kathrin said...

my name is Kathrin Charlotte, it s funny, I love my names. have a nice time my dear !!! Kathrin Charlotte

Shirazi said...

Very vibrant community here. Happy New year

Kaetlyn Wilcox said...

LOVE her. When I first read J.E. as a teenager, I couldn't stand it! But then I read Jean Rhys' "Wide Sargasso Sea," and man, oh man, do those two books make beautiful music together!

California Girl said...

she looks positively feminist.

Asja said...

I love her expression and her powerful red feather!

AJ "Rohzi" Ellington said...

Charlotte cannot be ignored.