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Charlotte Brontë's five novels, with their passionate explorations of the dilemmas facing nineteenth-century middle-class English women, have made her perhaps the most loved, imitated, resisted, and hotly debated novelist of the Victorian period.
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21 April 1816 Charlotte Brontë, the third daughter in the family, was born in Thornton, near Bradford, in Yorkshire. Bibliographic Citation link.
By summer 1827 CB had begun creating plays with her siblings: both secret 'Bed plays' produced under the covers with Emily in their shared bed, and daytime plays involving Branwell and Anne as well.  Bibliographic Citation link.
August 1846 CB, while in Manchester for her father's cataract operation, began writing Jane Eyre. Bibliographic Citation link.
16 October 1847 CB's novel Jane Eyre: An Autobiography was published in three volumes as "edited by Currer Bell." Bibliographic Citation link.
7 July 1848 CB travelled to London with her sister Anne to refute the claim that Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell were a single author. Bibliographic Citation link.
Early May 1850 CB's Jane Eyre was re-issued in a cheap, one-volume edition. Bibliographic Citation link.
Late May 1853 CB began a new story called "Willie Ellin", which had elements in common with The Professor; it was never finished. Bibliographic Citation link.
31 March 1855 CB, Mrs Arthur Bell Nicholls, died at Haworth of a chill, which was called tuberculosis. It is now generally supposed that she died because she was weakened by exceptionally heavy morning sickness in her pregnancy. Bibliographic Citation link.
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