Charlotte Brontë

Charlotte Brontë (1816 – 1855) was an English novelist and poet, the eldest of the three Brontë sisters whose novels have become classics of English literature.

She first published her works  which includes Jane Eyre, under the pen name Currer Bell. She also wrote Villette, Shirley, Emma and the Professor.

Charlotte’s  mother died of cancer in 1821, leaving five daughters; two of which would die of  tuberculosis in June 1825 because of poor conditions in their school.

Their father brought them home and would school the 3 sisters there for a time.

Charlotte married Arthur Bell Nicholls in 1954.  She became pregnant soon after her wedding, but her health declined rapidly because of perpetual nausea and ever-recurring faintness. She died, with her unborn child, on 31 March 1855, aged 38. Her death certificate gives the cause of death as phthisis (tuberculosis).

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