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Lifetime: 1820 - 1849 Passed: ≈ 174 years ago


Poet, Novelist, Governess



Anne Brontë

Anne Brontë was an English novelist and poet, and the youngest member of the Brontë literary family.

Anne Brontë was the daughter of Patrick Brontë, a poor Irish clergyman in the Church of England. Anne lived most of her life with her family at the parish of Haworth on the Yorkshire moors. Otherwise she attended a boarding school in Mirfield between 1836 and 1837, and between 1839 and 1845 lived elsewhere working as a governess. In 1846 she published a book of poems with her sisters and later two novels, initially under the pen name Acton Bell. Her first novel, Agnes Grey, was published in 1847 with Wuthering Heights. Her second novel, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, was published in 1848. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall is thought to be one of the first feminist novels.

Anne died at 29, probably of pulmonary tuberculosis. After Anne's death her sister Charlotte edited Agnes Grey to fix issues with its first edition, but prevented republication of The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. This is one reason why Anne is not as well-known as her sisters. Nonetheless both of Anne's novels are considered classics of English literature.

Books by Anne Brontë

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall Cover image

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

Fiction Novel
Social criticism Epistolary

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall is the second and final novel written by English author Anne Brontë. It was first published in 1848 under the pseudonym Acton Bell. Probably the most shocking of the Brontës' novels, it had an instant and phenomenal succes...

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Selected Poems by Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell

Love Women's Rights Prejudice Poems Philosophical Anthologies Classics Immortality

Currer Bell is Charlotte, Ellis Bell is Emily, and Acton Bell is Anne. Tragically, the free kindle volume doesn’t list who wrote each individual poem, although you can probably guess. Any poems about wronged suicide victims coming back to haunt the m...

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Agnes Grey

Family Love Children Literature Happiness Narrative Childhood Wealth

It follows the life of Agnes Grey, a young governess, as she works in a number of households and experiences the difficulties of her position. It explores themes of morality, class, and religion, and examines the struggles of a woman in a male-domina...

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The Captive Dove

Poems Freedom Desire Hope Verses Human Spirit Joys

In Anne Brontë's poignant poem, "The Captive Dove," the reader is drawn into the heart-wrenching plight of a caged dove, its spirit yearning for the boundless freedom of the open sky. The dove's plaintive moans echo through its confinement, its wings...