Charlotte Bronté


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One book I must read again and again has been written long ago, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronté.

Writer Charlotte Brontë was born on April 21, 1816, in Thornton, Yorkshire, England. Said to be the most dominant and ambitious of the Brontës, Charlotte was raised in a strict Anglican home by her clergyman father and a religious aunt after her mother and two eldest siblings died. She and her sister Emily attended the Clergy Daughter’s School at Cowan Bridge, but were largely educated at home. Though she tried to earn a living as both a governess and a teacher, Brontë missed her sisters and eventually returned home.

‘Jane Eyre’

A writer all her life, Brontë published her first novel, Jane Eyre, in 1847 under the manly pseudonym Currer Bell. Though controversial in its criticism of society’s treatment of impoverished women, the book was an immediate hit. She followed the success with Shirley in 1848 and Vilette in 1853.

Death and Legacy

The deaths of the Brontë siblings are almost as notable as their literary legacy. Her brother, Branwell, and Emily died in 1848, and Anne died the following year.

In 1854, Charlotte married Arthur Bell Nicholls, but died the following year during her pregnancy, on March 31, 1855, in Haworth, Yorkshire, England. The first novel she ever wrote, The Professor, was published posthumously in 1857.

To read more on their lives, try this site: http://www.biography.com/people/charlotte-bront%C3%AB-11919959#awesm=~oIvNTRu1yMdutE

If you are a Bronté fan, please tell me in your comments. I was quite disillusioned when one historian mentioned the possibility of Charlotte poisoning her two sisters, Emily and Ann because both of these sisters were not rejected by publishers, whilst Charlotte’s first attempt was unsuccessful. I would like to know your thoughts. Thank you for reading.

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9 thoughts

  1. This is the first I hear about Charlotte poising her sisters. It’s also very telling of the times that she had to publish Jane Eyre under Currer Bell. An interesting post, Drew.

    • I can’t believe that comment made. I love her writing too much but I suppose jealousy can make people do anything. I am sure it is not fact. Just someone’s Imagination at work trying to make a better article. I hope someone else who knows the works will give their take on such a hideous suggestion. I wished I would have bibliographed the source. Thanks for commenting.
      My daughter called and has had another dose of allergies spring up during the night. Full of hives and itch, she called the clinic this morning and was prescribed more steroids.

  2. I’m a great lover of the Bronte sisters, especially, Charlotte. I’m pleased to be able to say that there is no evidence that this ever happened, and on the contrary Charlotte was devastated by her sisters’ and her brother’s deaths.
    It was very ‘easy’ to die in the 19th century during childbirth and pregnancy, as she did, or from a simple infection, because there were no antibiotics. Anne Bronte’s illness was diagnosed as pulmonary tuberculosis, which was very frequent, contagious, and deadly, at that time.
    There is a wonderful edition of the letters of Charlotte Bronte, by Margaret Smith, which gives much light on her feelings for her sibings, which were anything but murderous.
    In any case, they were a fascinating and artistic family. Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, and The Tenent of Wildfell Hall, (written by Charlotte, Emily and Anne, respectively) are three of the greatest novels written in English literature, in the 19th century, well worth reading, or rereading 🙂

    • I am so pleased you commented on this. It honestly wearied me, just the thought, because I think so highly of the Brontes. Love them all and their writing. Thank you so much for lifting this off my mind.
      Is Gaskell one author that wrote about Charlotte?
      When I read this suggestion the other day, I thought about how death was so prevalent at early ages at that time. One suggested that the age expectation at the time was 25. Only the father lived until his 89’s. Imagine losing all six of your children one after the other. Difficult to grasp. Is there an edition of the letters online?

  3. I have an awful confession to make. I’ve never read any of the books by any of the Bronte sisters. I dropped out of highschool in my junior year and missed out on all the required reading. I’m beginning to think that I need to check out the books as an adult. I always feel stupid when people begin discussing literature. I really liked this post, Drew. And I’m glad to learn that Charlotte didn’t poison her sisters!

    • Thank you for reading and commenting, Kirsten. I think you would love Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte. It took me a while to really get into it, but it slowly drags you in and then you feel the hurt and anger along with the protagonist. I am very much like you are. But about 8 years ago I decided to self-educate myself and I am not sorry in the least. Hugs, and thanks one again for stopping by and commenting. Means a lot to me.:)

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