Charlotte Brontë

Charlotte Brontë (April 21, 1816-March 31, 1855), English novelist and poet, was the eldest of the three famous Brontë sisters whose novels are considered classics of English literature. She, together with her two famous sisters, wrote a volume of poetry, Poems by Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell (1846), and is the author of four novels: The Professor (1857), her first novel, written in 1846 but published posthumously; her most celebrated and well-known novel, Jane Eyre (1847), an autobiographical tale of love, classism, and religion; Shirley (1849), the tale of two women who marry brothers during a period of industrial decline in Yorkshire; and Villette (1853), an exploration of female repression and gender roles in society. A fifth novel, Emma, was 20 pages in process when Brontë died in 1855