Emily Brontë

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Emily Brontë collaborated with her siblings on a body of juvenilia, and by herself wrote a small number of poems and a single surviving novel. Wuthering Heights is established as one of the most original and disturbing novels of the mid-nineteenth century. Its compelling imagery, sophisticated narrative technique, and powerful, indeed violent, story—part ghost story, part romance, part anatomy of social hierarchies and cultural conflict—details the enmity between two families on the Yorkshire moors that erupts when a strange child is adopted into one of them, and which is only resolved in the subsequent generation.
Charlotte Brontë painted with her sisters Emily and Anne by their brother Branwell, c. 1834 (said by Elizabeth Gaskell to have captured excellent likenesses despite its lack of artistic skill). National Portrait Gallery.
"Charlotte Brontë, painted by Branwell, c. 1834" by Branwell Brontë, Retrieved from https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/ab/The_Bront%C3%AB_Sisters_by_Patrick_Branwell_Bront%C3%AB_restored.jpg. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) Public Domain Dedication license. This work is in the public domain.
Painting of Emily Brontë in a green dress with large collar, cropped from the group portrait by her brother Branwell, c. 1834, of all three sisters (and of himself, painted over). The picture was long lost to view, and has crease marks from being folded. National Portrait Gallery.
"Emily Brontë" Retrieved from https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/fc/Emily_Brontë_by_Patrick_Branwell_Brontë_restored.jpg. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) Public Domain Dedication license. This work is in the public domain.

Milestones

30 July 1818
Emily Brontë , the fourth of the Brontë daughters, was born in Thornton, near Bradford in Yorkshire.
Barker, Juliet. The Brontës. St Martin’s Press, 1994.
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Earlier 1830s
By the mid-1830s, Anne and EB were writing into being the world of Gondal, though no prose narratives from before 1838 survive.
Barker, Juliet. The Brontës. St Martin’s Press, 1994.
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Mid-July 1847
Anne and EB arranged with Thomas Newby to publish Agnes Grey and Wuthering Heights; they had to pay him £50 towards costs.
Barker, Juliet. The Brontës. St Martin’s Press, 1994.
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19 December 1848
EB died of consumption at the age of thirty, at Haworth in Yorkshire.
Barker, Juliet. The Brontës. St Martin’s Press, 1994.
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September 1850
Sydney Thompson Dobell 's anonymous Palladium notice initiated a positive critical view of Wuthering Heights, declaring it the unformed writing of a giant's hand; the large utterance of a baby god.
Allott, Miriam, editor. The Brontës. Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1974.
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Biography

Birth and Context

30 July 1818
Emily Brontë , the fourth of the Brontë daughters, was born in Thornton, near Bradford in Yorkshire.
Barker, Juliet. The Brontës. St Martin’s Press, 1994.
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