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The Brontë Sisters: Lives, Works, and Legacy


British Literature  •  21 May, 2024  •  1,873 Views  •  ⭐ 5.0

Written by Shivani Chourasia


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The Brontë sisters—Charlotte, Emily, and Anne—are among the most celebrated figures in English literature. Their novels, which include timeless classics like "Jane Eyre" and "Wuthering Heights," have left an indelible mark on the literary world. Renowned for their deep emotional intensity, innovative narrative techniques, and profound exploration of human experience, the Brontë sisters' works continue to captivate readers and inspire adaptations across various media.

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Early Life and Family Background

Meet the Brontë sisters on PBS' Masterpiece | Tellyspotting
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The Brontë sisters were born in the early 19th century in Thornton, West Yorkshire, England, and later moved to Haworth, a village on the edge of the moors. Charlotte Brontë was born on April 21, 1816, Emily Brontë on July 30, 1818, and Anne Brontë on January 17, 1820. They were the daughters of Patrick Brontë, an Irish Anglican clergyman, and Maria Branwell Brontë.

The family also included two elder sisters, Maria and Elizabeth, and a brother, Branwell. Tragically, Maria and Elizabeth died of tuberculosis in their youth, a loss that deeply affected the family. The siblings were exceptionally close, and their shared experiences and imagination fueled their early literary endeavours.

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The Brontës were primarily educated at home, where they had access to their father's extensive library. Their early education was further influenced by their aunt, Elizabeth Branwell, who took over the household after their mother died in 1821. The bleak yet beautiful moorland landscape surrounding their home in Haworth played a significant role in shaping their imaginations and later works.

Literary Career

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