Lost Bronte Story Published 170 Years Later

In terms of great literary classics, a number of authors come to mind. But some of the most famous of all just so happen to be sisters: the Bronte sisters. Charlotte (Jane Eyre), Emily (Wuthering Heights), and Anne (Agnes Grey) have made their marks on literature for all time. But what if a new Bronte story were published? Well, that’s exactly what happened.

In February, a Bronte expert discovered in a Brussels museum a short story written by Charlotte Bronte in 1842. According to this article by The Huffington Post, the story is written in French was a homework assignment for the then-teenager. Titled L’Ingratitud, it tells the story of:

“a thoughtless young rat who escapes his father’s protective care in search of adventure in the countryside and comes to a sorry end. The tale contrasts the solemn paternal devotion of the father with the reckless abandon of his “ingrate” offspring.” — Charlotte Bronte

And now it’s been published by the London Review of Books in both French and English. Nothing like finding an author’s short story 170 years after it was written.

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