PARIS (Reuters) – A miniature manuscript written by teenager Charlotte Bronte is returning to her childhood home in West Yorkshire after it was bought by a British museum at auction in Paris.
The Brson Parsonage Museum offered 780,000 euros ($ 862,600) for the unpublished manuscript written by Bronte at the age of 14. The museum's fundraising campaign was driven by an appeal from actress Judi Dench.
Dench, the dean of British theater and cinema and honorary president of the Bronte Society, urged the public to help bring the "little book to Haworth" by donating money.
"They are absolutely delighted. This is the second time they have tried to buy this manuscript," said Ed Maggs, who represented the museum at the Drouot auction house. "To finally bring it home is now a great time."
The manuscript is one of a series of journals written by Bronte and his sisters that they called The Young Gentlemen's Magazine. Five of the six Charlotte Bronte writings are known to survive and are now maintained by the museum.
Filled with over 4,000 small written words, the manuscript is made up of stories featuring characters from 'Glass Town', an imaginary world invented by the Bronte children. The folded pages are sewn into a cover of rough brown paper.
"They are the most suggestive record, the memory of childhood," said Maggs.
The museum has raised more than £ 84,000 ($ 108,872) in public donations to supplement a fund already raised from other sources to bid on the manuscript.
Bronte, whose works include Jane Eyre and Villette, died in 1855.
Report by Michaela Cabrera; Written by Richard Lough; Editing by Christian Lowe and Emelia Sithole-Matarise
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