Thursday, January 17, 2013

The Forgotten Bronte

Anne Bronte

We all have heard of Wuthering Heights and the famous author Emily Bronte.  And who can forget Charlotte's Jane Eyre.  But who remembers Anne Bronte who wrote Agnes Grey and Tenant of Wildfell Hall?  On this day in 1820, Anne Bronte, the youngest of the six Bronte children was born in Yorkshire, England.
Anne was educated at home and worked as a governess during the time Emily and Charlotte were in Brussels studying school administration with the intent of opening a school.  However, that idea failed.  Which is good for us.  For they found another love--poetry.  By chance, Charlotte discovered poems her sister had written, and they self-published Poems by Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell in 1846.  Unfortunately, the book only sold two copies.  This did not deter the sisters.  Jane Eyre was published in 1847.  Wuthering Heights and Agnes Grey were printed later in that year.  The Tenant of Wildfell Hall was published in 1848.  This novel explored a young man who ruined his family because of alcoholism.  Sadly, Anne died the following year at the age of 29 from tuberculosis. 
Have any of you read Anne's work?  Or what do you think of Wuthering Heights or Jane Eyre?



Sandra Dailey said...

I still have Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre on my book shelves, but I haven't read Anne's books. I will now though.

Allison Byers said...

I'd like to read Anne's too. I wonder how difficult they would be to find.

Anonymous said...

The BBC did a minseries of Tenant of Wildfell Hall a few years back;sadly, I haven't read the book, however. Branwell is my favourite Bronte. :-) Daphne du Maurier wrote a bio of him, a perfect picture of a man sinking into insanity..

Allison Byers said...

Andi, The article I read on this said that Anne's story Tenatn of Wildfell Hall is based on her brother. Did the miniseries mention that?

Anonymous said...

No, the program was a fairly straightforward cover of the story. BUT there was also a 1970s program, The Brontes of Haworth, which, although no doubt terribly dated now, was quite a good story of their interactions in the family. Available I see from Netflix!