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EMILY BRONTË

1818-1848
English

"I have dreamed in my life... they have gone through and through me, like wine through water, and altered the color of my mind. "

Emily Jane Brontë is widely considered to be the greatest writer of the three Brontë sisters, Charlotte, Emily and Anne. She published only one novel, Wuthering Heights in 1847. It is an intense story of almost demonic love and revenge, which over the years has come to be placed amongst the greatest works of English literature.
 
She was born in Thornton, Yorkshire on July 30th 1818. Her father was a local rector in Haworth from 1820. Their mother died in 1821. The children attended school at Cowan Bridge for a brief period but were largely educated at home, spending a large part of their time in reading and composition.

They were not happy at home and created their own fantasy worlds as an escape. Emily and Anne created the imaginary world of Gondal. 

In 1835 Emily went to school at Roe Head, but suffered from homesickness and returned to Haworth and her beloved moorland. In 1837 she worked for six months as a governess at Law Hill, near Halifax.

Emily and Charlotte planned to open a school for girls and to facilitate this they went to Brussels in 1842, in order to learn languages and management skills. However this visit was cut short when they were forced to return to Haworth on the occasion of their Aunt’s death. Emily was destined to remain there for the rest of her brief life. She died of tuberculosis on the 19th December 1848, having caught a cold whilst attending her brother Branwell’s funeral in the September.

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