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Charlotte Bronte Bookmark Charlotte Brontë (1816-1855)

"The writer who possesses the creative gift owns something of which he is not always master- something that at times strangely wills and works for itself."

As a young woman, Charlotte Brontë and her sisters, Emily and Anne, realized that with a pastor for a father, they would have to support themselves financially. When no one subscribed to their school for girls, they turned to writing, a hobby they'd practiced together since they were young.

Each began a novel. When Charlotte's first book - The Professor went unpublished, she began work on Jane Eyre. Meanwhile, Emily wrote Wuthering Heights, while Anne wrote Agnes Grey; both were accepted for publication in 1847. Not wanting to be left behind, Charlotte submitted Jane Eyre, which was published to great acclaim before the other two in 1848. Jane Eyre introduces a new kind of woman character - rebellious and defiant, unprotected by social standing or money, making her way by wits alone.

Not only had the sisters secured their fortunes, they'd created some of the most influential and emotionally intense novels of the century.
Charlotte Bronte