Emily Brontė:

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Born On The: 30th July 1818.
Died On The: 19th December 1848.
Occupation(s): Author.
Zodiac: Born under the Star Sign LeoLeoWhat Star Sign are You?
Achievement(s): The Life of Charlotte Bronte (Volume 1 & Volume 2), The Professor, Shirley, Jane Eyre, Villette, Their Mariposa Legend (A Romance of Santa Catalina), Napoleon and the Spectre and Wuthering Heights.

Biography:

Emily 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; the only novel credited to Emily is 'Wuthering Heights'; 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'.

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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