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Though Jane Eyre was Charlotte Brontë‘s first published novel, The Professor was actually the first novel she completed. It wasn’t published until 1857, two years after her death, with her literary reputation secured.
The resounding failure of a book of poems she produced with sisters Emily and Anne in 1846 didn’t stop Charlotte from spearheading an effort to find a publisher for the novels that they had been working on.
They continued to use the assumed quasi-masculine names that appeared on their book of poetry, styling themselves Currer (Charlotte), Ellis (Emily), and Acton (Anne), all surnamed Bell.