"An Independent Will" is an exhibition at the Morgan Library and Museum, marking the two hundredth anniversary of the unforgettable Charlotte Brontë's name day. This exhibition features personal artifacts, literary manuscripts, drawings, rare printed books, intimate letters, a dress and pair of shoes worn by Charlotte herself. Here I share with you some of my favorite works and historical pieces from the Brontë era.
An Independent Will
To you I am neither Man nor Woman- I come before you as an Author only- it is the sole standard by which you have a right to judge me- the sole ground on which I accept your judgement.
I am no bird, and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will; which I now exert to leave you.