While their lives were tragically cut short, the Brontës’ remarkable literary output has earned them an unrivalled status: quite simply, they are the most renowned and celebrated family in English Literature. Charlotte’s Jane Eyre and Emily’s Wuthering Heights are among the most widely-read and revered novels in the canon, and Anne’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall is also judged to be a classic.
Whether through the medium of prose or poetry, the sisters’ passion and enlightened artistic vision remain influential over one hundred-and-fifty years on. The parsonage, Haworth, West Yorkshire, where Charlotte, Emily and Anne lived with their father and painterly brother, Branwell, is visited by hundreds of thousands of literature-inspired pilgrims each year.
We’ve collected some of their greatest quotes for your enjoyment. (The following memes originally featured on our Facebook page.)
Literary Fragments are the publishers of Randal Eliot’s excellent novel, What Goes and Comes Around. Check it out!