Emily Bronte

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July 20, 1818 –  December 19, 1848

Yorkshire, England

Works:

  • Wuthering Heights  – DUH.

Facts:

  • Her sister, Charlotte, wrote Jane Eyre.
  • Mother died early on.
  • Emily and 3 sisters were sent to Clergy Daughters’ School, where they were abused. A typhus epidemic spread throughout the school sending everyone packing. Two of her sisters – Maria and Elizabeth both caught it, developed tuberculosis, and died. Only Emily and Charlotte survived. Anne the youngest sister did not experience this.
  • Father spent his time alone – didn’t like the girly stuff.
  • Entertained herself by reading Shakespeare, Virgil, and the Bible.
  • The three sisters dreamed of opening up their own school one day. Charlotte started teaching and Emily attended her classes, until he got homesick.
  • Her brother became addicted to alcohol and opium, leading to depression, and mad-ravings in the house and ultimately his death.
  • She moved back in with her father and started writing, leading to publishing Wuthering Heights in 1847.

Death

Emily’s immune system had been contaminated from living in poor conditions her entire life. She had grown up on drinking contaminated water from a runoff in the nearby graveyard. She rejected all forms of medicine, saying she did not want a “poison doctor” around her. She finally died of tuberculosis – Just like her sisters.

Possible Dickens Connection

Charles Dickens published works in 1841, 1842,1843,1844,1845,1846, & 1848. What’s missing? 1847 – When Emily Bronte chose to publish Wuthering Heights.

Both wrote sensation fiction. Possibly she was inspired by him.

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