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Emily Brontë (1818-1848)

Emily Brontë was the daughter of Patrick Brontë, a Church of England clergyman, and one of six children, two of whom died in childhood. She grew up in the bleak Yorkshire moorland villlage of Haworth with her novelist sisters Charlotte and Anne, her artist brother Branwell, and her austere Calvinistic aunt Elizabeth, who had been invited to live with them after the death of her mother in 1821.

Emily was educated at a nearby Clergy Daughters' School. Shielded from the outside world by their strict upbringing and remote location, the sisters created an imaginary fantasy world together which finds expression in the romantic and at times melodramatic style of Emily's writing.

Her most famous novel, Wuthering Heights, is regarded as a natural classic and her poetry, although not prolific, has a highly elemental and melancholy flavour. She died of tuberculosis at the early age of 30, unmindful of her future fame.

My Lady's Grave
Remembrance
The Prisoner
Last Lines


Complete Poems: Emily Brontë (Penguin Classics)
Emily Brontë, Janet Gezari (Editor)

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