Brontë, Emily


Emily Brontë (July 30, 1818 – December 19, 1848), sister of Charlotte and Anne Brontë, barely lived to age thirty, but left the world an accomplished novel of passion and tragedy — Wuthering Heights. It was her only novel, but it’s an enduring classic. Beside desire and passion, it also touches upon economic, social, and psychological issues. It is often noted as the ideal “romantic novel.” With its ultimate ending shrouded in mystery, Brontë leaves the reader to draw their own conclusion. Charlotte felt that her sister’s novel was poorly understood and supplied her own preface to a later edition of Wuthering Heights.

Like her sisters, Emily was born and raised in the West Yorkshire village of Thornton in England. With her poetry, Brontë  focused on descriptions of feeling and mood rather then accurate details of settings, allowing readers to visualize their own place based on their interpretation.

Emily Brontë did not even reach the age of 30 when she died of tuberculosis.

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Emily Brontë Quotes

emily bronte“I have dreamed in my life, dreams that have stayed with me ever after, and changed my ideas; they have gone through and through me, like wine through water, and altered the color of my mind.” (Wuthering Heights, 1847)

“If I could I would always work in silence and obscurity, and let my efforts be known by their results.”

“Nature and Books belong to the eyes that see them.”

“Any relic of the dead is precious, if they were valued living.” (Wuthering Heights, 1847)

“I am now quite cured of seeking pleasure in society, be it country or town. A sensible man ought to find sufficient company in himself.” (Wuthering Heights, 1847)

“If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be; and if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger: I should not seem a part of it.” (Wuthering Heights, 1847)

“I cannot express it: but surely you and everybody have a notion that there is, or should be, an existence of yours beyond you.”

“A person who has not done one half his day’s work by ten o clock, runs a chance of leaving the other half undone.” (Wuthering Heights, 1847)

“Whether it is right or advisable to create beings like Heathcliff, I do not know; the writer who possesses the creative gift owns something that, at times, strangely wills and works for itself.” (On Wuthering Heights’ leading man)

“They DO live more in earnest, more in themselves, and less in surface, change, and frivolous external things. I could fancy a love for life here almost possible; and I was a fixed unbeliever in any love of a year’s standing.” (Wuthering Heights, 1847)


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