English novelist and poet Emily Brontë.

Emily Brontë

(1818 - 1848)

Growing up motherless in a rectory amid the moors of Haworth in the 1820s, Emily Brontë, along with her sisters Charlotte and Anne, received most of her schooling from her father. The three sisters published Poems by Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell under those pseudonyms in 1846, and Emily published Wuthering Heights in December 1847. The novel was lambasted by critics as clumsy and savage, the subject matter called “coarse and loathsome.” One year later, at the age of thirty, she died of tuberculosis.

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Emily and Charlotte Brontë, insomniacs both, would walk together in circles around the dining room table until they were tired enough to sleep. When Emily died and Charlotte suffered alone, her insomnia worsened; she added to her route, often wandering down neighborhood streets and into the cemetery until daybreak.


“Branwell—Emily—Anne are gone like dreams—gone as Maria and Elizabeth went twenty years ago. One by one I have watched them fall asleep on my arm—and closed their glazed eyes—I have seen them buried one by one—and—thus far—God has upheld me,” Charlotte Brontë at the age of thirty-three wrote on June 13, 1849.

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1842 | Brussels

Phantom Rising

Emily Brontë looks out at the magic in the moonlight.More

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