Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Zine culture in New Zealand & Charlotte Bronte's zine

Zine culture is growing and becoming increasingly popular in New Zealand, as illustrated by the popularity of the Auckland Zinefest last Thursday on K Road. Find out more about zines and search Auckland Libraries holdings.

On a heritage note, Charlotte Bronte's zine written when she was just 14 years old, was sold by Sotheby's (London) in December last year to La Musee de Lettres et Manuscrits, Paris for $1.1 million (US). The tiny zine (or manuscript) measures just 1.5 by 2.5 inches and contains 19 pages of tiny writing containing over 4,000 words. It was written for the toy soldiers given to the sisters by their father and was one of six 'Young Men's Magazines' written by Charlotte.

Find out more about this story and also about the Bronte sisters heritage resources at Auckland Libraries.
Ref: 7-C1940, Emily Bronte poem entitled 'Hope', Sir George Grey Special Collections

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