The bleak, lonely moors of Yorkshire in England were the setting for two great novels of the 19th century. These were Charlotte Bronte's 'Jane Eyre' and Emily Bronte's 'Wuthering Heights'. Readers today are still enthralled by their tragic, romantic stories and by the sense of brooding mystery that shrouds the tales. The family moved to Haworth in Yorkshire in 1820. Soon after, Mrs. Bronte and the two eldest children died, leaving the father to care for the remaining three girls and a boy. Charlotte, the eldest, was born in 1816. Emily was born in 1818 and Anne in 1820. Their brother Branwell was born in 1817. Left to themselves, the children wrote and told stories and walked over the desolate moors. By 1847, Charlotte had written 'The Professor'; Emily, 'Wuthering Heights'; and Anne, 'Agnes Grey'.'Jane Eyre' was immediately successful; the other two did not fare so well. Critics were hostile to 'Wuthering Heights', but it gradually came to be considered one of the finest novels in the English language. Charlotte published 'Shirley' in 1849, and 'Villette' in 1853. She was acclaimed by London literary society, especially by William Makepeace Thackeray.
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