It’s sad to think Miss Bronte died thinking Wuthering Heights was a failure. It is a fantastic book covering romance, class issues, race and social stigma. The love between Heathcliff and Catherine transcends even death.
Charlotte Brontë was born on this day, 21 April, in 1816. She was the eldest of the three Brontë siblings who became famous authors, so we thought we’d take this opportunity to celebrate the Brontë sisters and their work in another instalment of our Five Fascinating Facts series.
1. The sisters’ first volume of poems sold just two copies.Poems by Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell (1846) sold a total of two copies when first published. However, it was the failure of this poetry volume that convinced the sisters to turn their attention to writing novels: the following year Wuthering Heights, JaneEyre, and Agnes Grey were all published. In a letter of March 1845, Charlotte had written, ‘I shall soon be 30 – and I have done nothing yet. … I feel as if we were all buried here.’ The sisters subsequently adopted their androgynous pseudonyms – Currer Bell for Charlotte…
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