Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Rumer Godden A Dolls' House a Bronte Story?
This was one of my favorite books when I was young; it occurs to me that the little girls are named Emily and Charlotte, though if I remember, Emily is here the elder. This book, more about a dysfunctional family with a tragedy than toys, is instructive in many ways regarding class, evil, human relationships, and sibling relationships. I keep thinking of the Bronte juvenilia, and Branwell's toy soldiers. It isn't out of the realm of possibility that Godden had them in mind as she wrote. Both she and the illustrator, Tasha Tudor, had written me letters when I was researching them. I wish they were still with us so I could ask them their thoughts.