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Emily Bronte is one of the three famous Bronte sisters. She is an English novelist and poet known for her masterwork the “Wuthering Heights” under the pen name Ellis Bell. Her work is now considered as one of the English classics. See the fact file below for more information on the Emily Bronte or alternatively download our comprehensive worksheet pack to utilise within the classroom or home environment.
- Emily Jane Bronte was born on July 30, 1818 in Thornton, Yorkshire, England. She was the daughter of Reverend Patrick Bronte and Maria Branwell Bronte. Her sisters Charlotte and Anne were also influenced by their father’s literary success.
- In April 1821, they moved to Haworth. Her mother died of cancer just few months after the birth of her sister Anne in Lancashire. Young Emily was sent to the Clergy Daughter’s School at Cowan Bridge. Four years later her sisters, Elizabeth and Maria died of tuberculosis while staying at the same school. Their father decided to remove Emily and Charlotte from school.
Emily Bronte Facts
- By 1835, Emily went to Miss Wooler’s school in Roe Head. Together with Charlotte who worked as a teacher, Emily tried to find a job as well to help the family. Two years later, she became a teacher in Miss Patchett’s school at the Law Hill, near Halifax. In February 1842, Charlotte and Emily travelled to Brussels to study. They entered at the Pension Heger to study foreign languages and school management. Not for so long, they returned home after the death of their aunt.
- Emily, Charlotte, and Anne were used to collaborations in terms of writing prose and poems. Gondal was one of Emily’s works involving imaginary place and people in a fictional world.
- The three of them used male pen names for publications. In 1846, their collection Poems by Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell was published but did not get huge attention. It only sold two copies. Later on 21 of Emily’s poems revealed that she was a poetic genius.
- By December 1847, Emily published Wuthering Heights under the name Ellis Bell. Anne’s Agnes Grey was part of the joint publication accepted by J. Cautley Newby of London. The three volumes was published not until Charlotte’s successful Jane Eyre. Wuthering Heights defined her literary career. It was a complex novel tackling family, love, and revenge. Sadly, Emily did not get the chance to enjoy such success because Wuthering Heights was only recognized as a masterwork after her death.
Death and Legacy
- On December 19, 1848, Emily died of tuberculosis following his brother, Branwell, who died of the same illness. May of the following year, Anne also fell ill and died of tuberculosis as well.
- Today, the Bronte Society operates a museum in order to preserve the works of the Bronte sisters.
- Critics say that Emily’s writing was influenced by her environment. Her life was spent in solitude without close friends. She enjoyed being outdoor without talking to people. Some contemporary critics consider Emily as the best writer among the Bronte sisters even after Jane Eyre’s success before Wuthering Heights. She was characterized as highly imaginative yet clumsy that modern readers would easily appreciate.
Emily Bronte Worksheets
This bundle contains 11 ready-to-use Emily Bronte Worksheets that are perfect for students who want to learn more about one of the world’s most renowned writers. Emily Bronte has authored many of today’s literary classics including Wuthering Heights and many other beloved poems and proses.
Download includes the following worksheets
- Emily Bronte Facts
- Call Me Ellis Bell
- The Bronte Sisters
- Literary Glossary
- Who Wrote What
- Emily Timeline
- Quotable Lines
- English Contemporaries
- Wuthering Heights Analysis
- Critics Say
- Poem for Emily
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