Before the Brontë sisters wrote their masterpieces, they and their brother created tiny little books. The creative children invented fantasy worlds, wrote stories, and then set about putting together the petite, one inch by two inch books. Twenty of the pint sized books survived and now nine are digitally available from Harvard’s Weissman Preservation Center. The books, from 1829 and 1830, are delicate and digital copies will help to reduce wear and tear.
Ian MacAllen is the author of Red Sauce: How Italian Food Became American (Rowman & Littlefield, April 2022). His writing has appeared in Chicago Review of Books, Southern Review of Books, The Offing, 45th Parallel Magazine, Little Fiction, Vol 1. Brooklyn, and elsewhere. He tweets @IanMacAllen and is online at IanMacAllen.com.