Charlotte Brontë once wrote, "It is in vain to say human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquility: they must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it." Though she led a quiet life (and died young), Brontë indeed created action in her sweeping, passionate novels, such as the gothic drama Jane Eyre.
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Date of Birth:
April 21, 1816
Place of Birth:
Thornton, Yorkshire, England
Date of Death:
March 31, 1855
|Place of Death:
Haworth, West Yorkshire, England
Clergy Daughters' School at Cowan Bridge in Lancashire; Miss Wooler's School at Roe Head
|Brontë's Masterpiece||Published Novels|
|Jane Eyre (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)|
Charlotte Brontë, Susan Ostrov Weisser (Introduction)
Brontë's extraordinary novel features one of the most independent and strong-willed female protagonists in all of literature. Poor and plain, Jane Eyre emerges from the trials of orphanhood and poverty to become a governess. When she finds herself falling in love with her employer -- the dark, impassioned Mr. Rochester -- Jane finds her trials have just begun.
Jane Eyre (1847)|
The Professor (1857)
|Jane Eyre on Film|
|Brontë's best-known classic has been adapted for the movies several times, but perhaps the most popular version is the BBC miniseries that aired in 11 half-hour episodes during 1983. According to our editors, "This sumptuous adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s famous gothic romance achieved a level of fidelity unmatched by earlier (and later) versions."|
|Posthumously Published||Learn More|
In 1846 Brontë completed her first novel, The Professor, but it was rejected by many publishing houses, including the publisher who took on the work of her sisters -- Anne's Agnes Grey and Emily's Wuthering Heights. The novel (based on her experiences as a language student in Brussels in 1842) was eventually published two years after her death, in 1857.
|The Life of Charlotte Brontë (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)|
Elizabeth Gaskell, Anne Taranto (Introduction)
Two years after Brontë's death, her dear friend Elizabeth Gaskell -- a well-known novelist in her own right -- completed work on The Life of Charlotte Brontë, a richly detailed biography that was met with immediate acclaim by the numerous readers curious to discover more about the enigmatic author of Jane Eyre.