Monday, March 30, 2009
Charlotte, Emily & Anne Are The Three-Headed Brontës Of The Month
The widower minister’s daughters, Charlotte (1816 - 1855), Emily (b. 1818 - 1848), and Anne (b. 1820 - 1849), were enrolled at the Clergy Daughter's School at Cowan Bridge. The following year their older sisters, Maria and Elizabeth, became ill, left the school and died. So the surviving Brontë sisters came home.
Home for the Brontës was Haworth. The Brontë children (including Branwell, a brother) wrote compulsively in very small script so adults couldn’t see.
A little older, Charlotte, Emily and Anne published poetry under the pseudonyms Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell. Their book sold only two copies, and they abandoned the poems for prose.
In 1847, Charlotte, Emily and Anne published Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights and Agnes Grey, respectively. Then, Emily died. Anne published The Tenant of Wildfell Hall in 1848, before dying. Charlotte stayed alive long enough to publish a few more books. She got married, got pregnant, then died.