April 21, 2008

Birthday: Charlotte Bronte

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One of my favorite authors, Charlotte Bronte was born on this day in 1816 in Yorkshire. She's been on my mind lately, as I am reading Daphne by Justine Picardie, which is about Daphne duMaurier's fascination with the Brontes. Lately, the Brontes are on many minds with upcoming movies and a recent fictional (and fantastical) thriller The Secret Adventures of Charlotte Bronte.

Charlotte's probably best known for Jane Eyre but she also wrote The Professor, Villette and Shirley, plus quite a bit of poetry. Much of her work revolves around teaching. She herself was a governess. Her novels have stood the test of time, not only because of her talent, but because she wrote about women and their struggles for happiness. Women in Charlotte's time had very little choice and happiness was a dream.

Charlotte died while pregnant in 1855.

From Life:

Rapidly, merrily,
Life's sunny hours flit by,
Gratefully, cheerily

Enjoy them as they fly!


Happy Birthday, Charlotte Bronte!

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