What is going on with 2015? Discovered manuscripts by iconic writers like Harper Lee and Dr. Seuss have been found and published as Go Set a Watchman and What Pet Should I Get?, respectively. Now, unpublished Charlotte Bronte writing has been found.
According to The New York Times, an American family uncovered Charlotte Brontë's unpublished 70-line poem and "sliver of prose" folded into a book belonging to her mother Maria Brontë, which was one of the only artifacts of Maria's recovered from a shipwreck off the coast of Devonshire, England in the early 1800s. Now, The Brontë Society will acquire Charlotte's poetry for $300,000, after they learned of its existence via a rare books dealer.
"It is quite romantic, quite dramatic language," Brontë Parsonage Museum collections manager Ann Tisdale told The New York Times, "written by a teenage girl who, even at that age, had the ambition to be forever known as a poet."
Charlotte Brontë, who is best known for her iconic novel Jane Eyre , reportedly prose when she was only 17 years old, and likely wrote her poem at the same time. Both found pieces of writing are set in Angria, a fictional world Charlotte imagined up with her brother Branwell. The prose piece centers on people of Angria coming into contact with real-world people from England.