Charlotte Brontë


Born
in Thornton, Yorkshire, England, The United Kingdom
April 21, 1816

Died
March 31, 1855

Genre

Influences


Charlotte Brontë was a British novelist, the eldest out of the three famous Brontë sisters whose novels have become standards of English literature. See also Emily Brontë and Anne Brontë.

Charlotte Brontë was born in Thornton, Yorkshire, England, the third of six children, to Patrick Brontë (formerly "Patrick Brunty"), an Irish Anglican clergyman, and his wife, Maria Branwell. In April 1820 the family moved a few miles to Haworth, a remote town on the Yorkshire moors, where Patrick had been appointed Perpetual Curate. This is where the Brontë children would spend most of their lives. Maria Branwell Brontë died from what was thought to be cancer on 15 September 1821, leaving five daughters and a son to the care of her spinster sister Elizabet
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“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”
Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

“I would always rather be happy than dignified.”
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“Do you think I am an automaton? — a machine without feelings? and can bear to have my morsel of bread snatched from my lips, and my drop of living water dashed from my cup? Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain, and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong! — I have as much soul as you — and full as much heart! And if God had gifted me with some beauty and much wealth, I should have made it as hard for you to leave me, as it is now for me to leave you. I am not talking to you now through the medium of custom, conventionalities, nor even of mortal flesh: it is my spirit that addresses your spirit; just as if both had passed through the grave, and we stood at God's feet, equal — as we are!”
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Polls

May 2016 Old School Classic Poll

1877, Black Beauty by Anna Sewell, 245 pages
 
  43 votes, 18.7%

 
  39 votes, 17.0%

1853, Villette by Charlotte Brontë, 573 pages
 
  29 votes, 12.6%

 
  22 votes, 9.6%

1796, The Monk by Matthew Gregory Lewis, 386 pages
 
  16 votes, 7.0%

1867, Thérèse Raquin by Émile Zola, 201 pages
 
  15 votes, 6.5%

1895, Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy, 310 pages
 
  13 votes, 5.7%

1833, Eugene Onegin by Alexander Pushkin, 240 pages
 
  12 votes, 5.2%

 
  10 votes, 4.3%

 
  9 votes, 3.9%

 
  8 votes, 3.5%

1864, Uncle Silas by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, 477 pages
 
  8 votes, 3.5%

1859, Oblomov by Ivan Goncharov, 567 pages
 
  6 votes, 2.6%

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