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Bronte name of three English novelists also sisters whose works transcending Victorian conventions have become beloved classics The sisters Charlotte Bronte 1816-1855 Emily Jane Bronte 1818-1848 and Anne Bronte 1820-1849 and their brother Patrick Branwell Bronte 1817-1848 were born in Thornton Yorkshire The Bronte childrens imaginations transmuted a set of wooden soldiers into characters in a series of stories they wrote about the imaginary kingdom of Angria-the property of Charlotte and Branwell-and the kingdom of Gondal-which belonged to Emily and Anne A hundred tiny handwritten volumes started in 1829 of the chronicles of Angria survive but nothing of the Gondal saga started in 1834 except some of Emilys poems The relationship of these stories to the sisters later novels is a matter of much interest to scholars In the 1840s Charlottes discovery of Emilys poems led to the decision to have the sisters verses published These appeared at their own expense as Poems by Currer Ellis and Acton Bell 1846 each sister using her own initials in these pseudonyms Two copies were sold Each sister then embarked on a novel Charlottes Jane Eyre was published first in 1847 Annes Agnes Grey and Emilys Wuthering Heights appeared a little later that year On their return from a publishing trip to London they found Branwell near death Emily caught cold at his funeral and died in 1848 A few months later after the publication of her second novel The Tenant of Wildfell Hall Anne too died Alone except for her father Charlotte resumed work on the novel Shirley 1849 ultimately her least successful and she later wrote Villette 1853 and The Professor 1857 She died of tuberculosis in 1855
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