Charlotte Bronté lived from 1816 to 1855. In 1824 she was sent away to school with her four sisters and they were treated so badly that their father brought them home to Haworth in Yorkshire. The elder two sisters died within a few days and Charlotte and her sisters Emily and Anne were brought up in the isolated village. They were often lonely and loved to walk on the moors. They were all great readers and soon began to write small pieces of verse and stories.
Once Charlotte’s informal education was over she began to work as a governess and teacher in Yorkshire and Belgium so that she could add to the low family income and help to pay for her brother Branwell’s art education. Charlotte was a rather nervous young woman and didn’t like to be away from home for too long. The sisters began to write more seriously and published poetry in 1846 under male pen names – there was a lot of prejudice against women writers. The book was not a success and the sisters all moved on to write novels. Charlotte’s best-known book, Jane Eyre, appeared in 1847 and was soon seen as a work of genius.
Charlotte’s life was full of tragedy, never more so than when her brother Branwell and sisters Emily and Anne died within a few months in 1848/49. She married her father’s curate in 1854 but died in 1855, before her fortieth birthday.
Charlotte Bronte Wikipedia Facts
Charlotte Bronte's most famous novel is Jane Eyre first published in 1847 and still remains popular today.
It is one of my favourite classic novels, the story of Jane Eyre's struggle to retain her independence. This was at at a time when women were expected to obey men and the church. Women were considered very much second class citizens by society. Jane is unusual in the way she stands up to her employer Rochester. It is inevitable that he and Jane should fall in love in the story ,but all is not as it seems at Thornfield Hall.
If you have not yet read this book, I recommend it, you may well be surprised at the amount of flirtatious humour you will find.