Anne Brontë’s birthday
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17 January 1820,Thornton – 28 May 1849
Anne Brontë was an English poet and novelist, sister of Charlotte and Emily Brontë and author of Agnes Grey (1847) and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1848).
The youngest of six children of Patrick and Marie Brontë, Anne lived most of her life with her family at the parish of Haworth on the Yorkshire moors. With her sister Emily, she invented the imaginary kingdom of Gondal, about which they wrote verse and prose (the latter now lost) from the early 1830s until 1845. At the age of 19 she left Haworth and worked as a governess between 1839 and 1845. After leaving her teaching position, she fulfilled her literary ambitions.
She wrote a volume of poetry with her sisters – Poems by Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell (1846) and two novels, Agnes Grey, based upon her experiences as a governess, was published together with Emily’s Wuthering Heights in three volumes (of which Agnes Grey was the third) in 1847. Her second and last novel, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, which is considered to be one of the first sustained feminist novels, appeared in 1848.
Anne’s life was cut short when she died of pulmonary tuberculosis at the age of 29.
A painting of Anne, Emily and Charlotte Bronte by their brother Patrick Branwell