Emily Brontë (1818-1848) is perhaps the greatest writer of the three Brontë sisters- Charlotte, Emily and Anne. Emily Brontë published only one novel, Wutherings Heights (1847), a story of doomed love end revenge. But that single work places has place among the masterpieces of English lilterature. Some of her best lyrics are also rated with the best in England.
Emily Brontë was born in Thornton, Yorkshire, on July 30, 1818. Her father was a rector of Haworth from 1820. After their mother died in 1821, the children spent more of their time in reading and composition. To escape their unhappy childhood, Anne, Emily, Charlote and their brother Branwell created imaginary worlds.
Between the years 1824- 1825 Emily attended school at Cowan Bridge with Charlotte, and then was largely educated at home.
In 1835 Emily attendet school at Roe Head, but suffered from homesickness and returned after a few months to the moorlandscenery of home. In 1837 she became a governess at Law Hill, near Halifax, where she spent six months. To facilitate their plan to keep a school for girls, Emily and Charlotte Brontë went 1842 to Bruselss to learn foreign languages and school management. Emily returned on the same year to Haworth where she stayed for the rest of her brief life.
Emily Brontë died of tuberculosis on December 19, 1848, having caught cold at her brother Branwell ´s funeral in september. Ironically, after discover of Wuthering Heights, some sceptics maintained that the book was written by Branwell, on the grounds that no woman from such a circumscribed life, could have written such a passionate story. In 1850, Wuthering Heights was foumd with a selection of poems and a biographical note from Charlotte Brontë. In 1941, the Hatfield edition of the Complete Poems of Emily Jane Brontë was published.
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Emily Brontë: Wuthering Heights
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