Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: The Dinner Party: Heritage Floor: Emily Brontë

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Branwell Brontë. Portrait of Emily Brontë, 1833. The Granger Collection, New York

Emily Brontë
b. 1818, Thornton, Yorkshire, England; d. 1848, Haworth, Yorkshire, England

Although novelist and poet Emily Brontë died of tuberculosis at the young age of thirty, Wuthering Heights (1847), her only novel, established her as one of the greatest writers of the nineteenth century. Often classified as a Gothic novel, initial public reaction was negative, but with the second printing in 1850, after her death, Emily's reputation as a literary genius was assured. Her poetry, along with that of her sisters Charlotte and Anne, was published in 1846 in Poems by Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell (the male pseudonyms used by the three sisters).

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