- NAME: Emily Brontë
- OCCUPATION: Writer
- BIRTH DATE: July 30, 1818
- DEATH DATE: December 19, 1848
- EDUCATION: Clergy Daughters' School at Cowan Bridge
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Thornton, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
- PLACE OF DEATH: Haworth, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
- Full Name: Emily Jane Brontë
- AKA: Emily Brontë
- AKA: Ellis Bell
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Emily Brontë is best known for authoring the novel Wuthering Heights. She was the sister of Charlotte and Anne Brontë, also famous authors.
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Published in 1846, the book only sold a few copies and garnered little attention.
Again publishing as Ellis Bell, Brontë published her defining work, Wuthering Heights, in December 1847. The complex novel explores two families—the Earnshaws and the Lintons—across two generations and their stately homes, Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange. Heathcliff, an orphan taken in by the Earnshaws,
is the driving force between the action in the book. He first motivated by his love for his Catherine Earnshaw, then by his desire for revenge against her for what he believed to be rejection.
At first, reviewers did not know what to make of Wuthering Heights. It was only after Brontë's death that the book developed its reputation as a literary masterwork. She died of tuberculosis on December 19, 1848, nearly two months after her brother, Branwell, succumbed to the same disease. Her sister Anne also fell ill and died of tuberculosis the following May.
Interest in Brontë's work and life remains strong today. The parsonage where Brontë spent much of her life is now a museum. The Brontë Society operates the museum and works to preserve and honor the work of the Brontë sisters.
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