Originally posted on historyholdsthesecrets:
On this day in 1818 Emily Brontë, English author and poet, was born.
Emily Brontë remains a mysterious figure and a challenge to biographers because information about her is sparse, due to her solitary and reclusive nature.
She does not seem to have made any friends outside her family.
Her sister Charlotte remains the primary source of information about her, although as Emily’s elder sister, writing publicly about her shortly after her death, Charlotte is not a neutral witness.
Emily’s unsociability and extremely shy nature has subsequently been reported many times.
According to Norma Crandall, her “warm, human aspect” was “usually revealed only in her love of nature and of animals”.
In a similar description, Literary news (1883) states: “[Emily] loved the solemn moors, she loved all wild, free creatures and things”, and critics attest that her love of the moors is manifest in Wuthering Heights.
Over the years, Emily’s…
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