Charlotte Brontė:

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Born On The: 21st April 1816.
Died On The: 31st March 1855.
Occupation(s): Author and Poet.
Zodiac: Born under the Star Sign TaurusTaurusWhat Star Sign are You?
Achievement(s): Jane Eyre, Shirley: A Tale, Villette, The Professor: A Tale and The Green Dwarf.

Biography:

Charlotte Brontë was one of the famous Brontë sisters, (Anne, Emily and Charlotte) See portrait!

They were born in Thornton and raised in Haworth, Bradford, West Yorkshire; their novels, written in the mid 1800s, caused a sensation when they were first published and were subsequently accepted into the canon of great English literature; amongst the most noted novels credited to Charlotte is 'Jane Eyre', which was the first novel to know success; she wrote three other novels; the sisters originally published their poems and novels under masculine pseudonyms, following the custom of the times practised by female writers; their stories immediately attracted attention, although not always the best, for their passion and originality.

The three sisters and their brother, Branwell, were very close and they developed their childhood imaginations through the collaborative writing of increasingly complex stories; the confrontation with the deaths first of their mother then of their two older sisters marked them profoundly and influenced their writing; their fame was due as much to their own tragic destinies as to their precociousness; since their early deaths and then the death of their father in 1861, they were subject to a following that did not cease to grow; their home, the parsonage at Haworth in Yorkshire, now the Brontë Parsonage Museum has become a place of pilgrimage for hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.

The Brontë family can be traced to the Irish clan Ó Pronntaigh, which literally means 'grandson of Pronntach'; they were a family of hereditary scribes and literary men in Fermanagh; the name is derived from the word pronntach or bronntach, which is related to the word bronnadh, meaning giving or bestowal; Ó Pronntaigh was earlier anglicised as Prunty and sometimes Brunty.

At some point, the father of the sisters, Patrick Brontë (born Brunty), decided on the alternative spelling with the diaeresis over the terminal e to indicate that the name has two syllables; it is not known for certain what motivated him to do so and multiple theories exist to account for the change; he may have wished to hide his humble origins; as a man of letters, he would have been familiar with classical Greek and may have chosen the name after the cyclops Brontes, literally 'thunder'.

Charlotte wrote the following; There was once a little girl circa 1826-8, The History of the Year in 1829, "A Romantic Tale" (The Twelve Adventurers) and "An Adventure in Ireland" in 1829, The Search After in 1829, The Adventures of Mon. Edouard de Crack in 1830, The Adventures of Ernest Alembert in 1830, An Interesting Passage in the Lives of Some Eminent Men of the Present Time in 1830, The Poetaster: A Drama in Two Volumes in 1830, Tales of the Islanders circa 1829-1830, Young Men's Magazine (including Blackwood's Young Men's Magazine) circa 1829-1830, Albion and Marina: A Tale in 1830, The African Queen's Lament circa 1830, Something About Arthur in 1833, The Foundling: A Tale of our own Times in 1833, The Green Dwarf, A Tale of the Perfect Tense in 1833, The Secret and Lily Hart: Two Tales in 1833, A Leaf from an Unopened Volume, Or The Manuscript of An Unfortunate Author in 1834, High Life in Verdopolis, Or The Difficulties of Annexing a Suitable Title to a Work Practically Illustrated in Six Chapters in 1834, Corner Dishes in 1834, The Spell, An Extravaganza in 1834, My Angria and the Angrians in 1834, The Scrap Book, A Mingling of Many Things in 1835, Passing Events in 1836, Roe Head Journal (Fragments) circa1836-1837, Julia in 1837, Mina Laury in 1838, Stancliffe's Hotel in 1838, Henry Hastings in 1839, Caroline Vernon in 1839 and Farewell to Angria in 1839, Jane Eyre in1847, Shirley: A Tale in 1849, Villette in 1853 &The Professor: A Tale in 1857.

she also wrote the following poems: Poems of Currer, Acton and Ellis Bell in 1846, Winter Stores, Pilate's Wife's Dream, Mementos, The Wife's Will, The Wood, Frances, Gilbert I. The Garden, Gilbert II. The Parlour, Gilbert III. The Welcome Home, Life, The Letter, Regret, Presentiment, The Teacher's Monologue, Passion, Preference, Evening Solace, Parting, Apostasy & The Missionary.

The sisters all died of Tuberculosis; Emily died in December 1848, Anne eight months later in May 1849 and finally Charlotte in 1855



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