Thursday, August 2, 2007

Emily Jane Bronte (1818-1848)

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Vain are the thousand creeds that move men's hearts, unutterably vain, worthless as wither'd weeds.


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Emily Bronte was a British author, the younger sister of Charlotte Bronte. Emily was born in 1818 at Thornton, Yorkshire. In 1820, the family moved to Haworth, where Emily's father was rector, and it was in these surroundings that their literary talent flourished. In 1837, Emily commenced work as a governess. Later, with her sister Charlotte, she attended college in Brussels. It was the discovery of Emily's poetic talent by her family that led her and her sisters, Charlotte and Anne to publish a joint collection of their poetry in 1845. All three used male pseudonyms, Emily's being Ellis Bell. She subsequently published her only novel Wuthering Heights, (1847) which became an English literary classic. Like her sisters, Emily's constitution had been weakened by their harsh life at home and at school. She died in 1848. [This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License and uses material adapted in whole or in part from the Wikipedia article on Emily Jane Bronte.]

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