Brooding About the Brontës
When? April 18th (now) to April 24th.
Who? Brooding About the Brontës is a week event hosted by Girl with her head in a book. The full Announcement & Sign Up is here, along with the 411 information here. And the Launch & Link up post is available here.
Daily Topic Day 1: Why do you love the Brontës?
The Brontë family consisted with 5 sisters and their brother. The two eldest lived to be about 10 years old, which is sad, but the way things were at the time in the 19th Century. The other Brontë children lived to be about 30 years old (Charlotte being the only one to live up to 39 y.o.). My grandpa’s mother’s family had a lot of family members that died at a young age, some even just babies. This all was before and during World War I and when tuberculosis was a major cause of death.
Charlotte, Branell, Emily and Anne were all artistic. They all wrote poetry as well as their own works. The sisters all wrote under male pseudonyms: Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell. Charlotte Brontë is best known for her novel, Jane Eyre, which was the first in the family to reach success. She then wrote 3 other novels, one unfinished novel and some “juvenile” stories. Branwell painted portraits and such. Emily Brontë just wrote the one novel, Wuthering Heights. Anne Brontë wrote two novels, Agnes Grey and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.
I really like the Brontë’s because of the fact that they are all so artistic, and their novels speak a lot of their own personal experiences and even of society, etc. I think I read Jane Eyre, but I’m not sure because that was ages ago it seems, so I’m looking forward to reading that with a fellow blogger next month for a read-along. I did read Wuthering Heights and remember liking that book, though again, it’s been a long while since I read that book too.
But I have seen various movie editions of both Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. My favorite would now be the newest Jane Eyre movie, starring Michael Fassbender. And I was thinking of rewatching that movie along with reading some of their poetry (I have a Bantam Classic book with a collection of the family’s poems).