Emily Brontë

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Emily Brontë’s Birthday Highlights

Birth Name

Emily Brontë

Place Of Birth

Thornton, UK


203 years old

Birth Date

July 29, 1818

Star Sign


Emily Brontë Facts

Child Star?



Novelist, Poet


Charlotte Brontë, Anne Brontë, Branwell Brontë, Elizabeth Brontë, Maria Brontë



Chinese Year

Year of the Tiger

About Emily Brontë 

Emily Jane Brontë, commonly knowns as Ellis Bell, was born on July 30, 1818, in Thornton, Yorkshire, England, and died on December 19, 1848, in Haworth, Yorkshire.

Emily Brontë was an English poet and novelist who only wrote one novel, 'Wuthering Heights', a highly imaginative tale about love and hate, set on the Yorkshire Moors. This book became world-famous and is still appreciated to this day.

Brontë came from an impoverished household and so was determined to find work for herself. She started teaching at the Law Hill School in September 1837 but departed in March 1838.

Emily's health began to deteriorate dramatically soon after the release of her work. She had been sick for a while, but her breathing had become difficult and she was in excruciating pain.

Emily was possibly the finest writer of the three Brontë sisters. Still, the record of her life is exceedingly sparse because she was quiet and withdrawn, so left no exciting correspondence. Her solo work adds to the mystery of her spiritual existence rather than solving it. In December 1848, she succumbed to Tuberculosis and died.

Childhood And Education

Patrick Brontë, an Irishman, held several curacies; Maria and Elizabeth were born at Hartshead-cum-Clifton, Yorkshire, and Emily and her siblings, Patrick Branwell, Charlotte Brontë and Anne Brontë were born in nearby Thornton. Their father was appointed rector of Haworth in 1820 and remained there for the rest of his life. The youngsters were left to their own devices in the desolate moorland rectory when their mother died in 1821.

Except for a single year spent at the Clergy Daughters' School in Cowan Bridge, Lancashire educated the children at home during their early years. When Charlotte accepted a teaching position at Miss Wooler's school in Roe Head in 1835, Emily accompanied her as a student. Still, she was homesick and stayed for only three months. Emily quit after six hard months working at Miss Patchett's school in Law Hill, Halifax. Charlotte planned to keep a girls' school at Haworth to keep the family close to home. She and Emily moved to Brussels in February 1842 to study School Management and Foreign Languages at the Pension Héger. Despite her longing for home and the wild moorlands, Emily seemed to have received more attention in Brussels than Charlotte.

Charlotte's decorous demeanor was more easily comprehended than her passionate personality. Emily returned to Haworth permanently in October when her aunt died. Charlotte uncovered some poems written by Emily in 1845, which led to the discovery that all three sisters had composed verse; Charlotte, Emily, and Anne.

A year later, they collaborated on a volume of verse called 'Poems by Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell', with the sisters' initials as pseudonyms. It comprised 21 of Emily's poems and following criticism has agreed that Emily's verse alone indicates actual creative brilliance. The sisters spent around £50 on the attempt and sold only two copies.

J. Cautley Newby of London had accepted Emily's 'Wuthering Heights' and Anne's 'Agnes Grey' for joint publication by mid-summer 1847. Still, the three volumes were postponed until their sister, Charlotte, had finished 'Jane Eyre', which was immediately and tremendously successful.

When 'Wuthering Heights' was first published in December 1847, critics panned it, calling it too vicious, feral, and clumsy in composition. It was only later that it was recognized as one of the best books written in English. Emily's health began to deteriorate significantly shortly after the release of her work. She had been suffering for some time and steadily worsening. Her breathing became more and more difficult and eventually, in December 1848, she died of TB.

Family and Relationship

Who was Emily Brontë's partner?

Emily Brontë never married anyone and was dedicated to her career.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

Emily Jane Brontë was an English novelist best known for her only novel, 'Wuthering Heights', today regarded as a classic of English literature. She also collaborated on a poetry collection with her sisters, Charlotte and Anne Brontë, titled 'Poems By Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell'. Her poems were hailed for their artistic talent.

Emily Brontë's Hobbies And Interests

Emily Brontë was an animal lover to the core. She was particularly fond of huge dogs. Charlotte used an anecdote from her childhood to inspire her character, Shirley, in her novel, 'Shirley'. Emily Brontë apparently never had a romantic connection, even though 'Wuthering Heights' is a work about passion and love. Anne, her sister, was her closest companion. They were seen as inseparable and were frequently compared to twins.

Under pseudonyms, the Brontë sisters created poetry. Ellis Bell was Emily Brontë's pseudonym, and she went on to become a renowned poet behind this name. Her success diminished when she decided to publish under her own name with her sisters, then when she published under a man's name.

Emily had a reputation for being obstinate. She learned that she had tuberculosis and was dying in late 1848. She declined therapy when she learned of the diagnosis, claiming that a drug was not a true cure. Emily decided to see a doctor on the day she died when her body had withered to the point of shutting down due to the sickness. Emily died that afternoon, with her sisters, Anne and Charlotte, by her side.

Other Interesting Emily Brontë Facts And Trivia

  • The Brontë Parsonage Museum is run by the Brontë Society and strives to preserve and appreciate the Brontë sisters' work.
  • Charlotte Brontë was a 19th century English novelist whose novel, 'Jane Eyre', is considered a masterpiece of Western literature.
  • Emily's 'Wuthering Heights' elicited mixed reactions from critics at first. The novel did not gain its reputation as a literary masterpiece until Brontë's death.
  • The story of 'Wuthering Heights' involves Heathcliff being driven by his love for Catherine Earnshaw, then by his desire for vengeance against her, for what he perceived to be rejection.

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