Wednesday, 21 April 2010
On this day...
English author Charlotte Bronte was born in 1816. At the age of eight, Bronte was sent with three of her sisters to a Clergy Daughter's school. She believed that its poor conditions, later refelcted in the depiction of as Lowood school in 'Jane Eyre', led to her permament ill-health and caused the death of her two eldest sisters. Once at home, she and her remaining siblings, began to write stories, and it was at the age of 17 that she wrote her first novella, 'The Green Dwarf'.
Bronte spent the next decade as a teacher, for the most part in Brussels, and used the experience as inspiration for 'The Professor' and 'Villette'. In 1946, she and her two sisters, Emily and Anne, published a collection of poetry under the pseudonyms Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell. Although only two copies were sold, they each went on to pursue their own individual literary careers with great posthumous success; indeed 'Jane Eyre' is now often hailed as having an important impact in feminist literature. Bronte married in 1854, yet, pregnant with her first child, she died in 1855, at the age of 38.