By Lana Sterling
Today, 16 October 2023, we pay tribute to the remarkable author behind the beloved novel Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte. As we celebrate the 176th anniversary of the publication of this literary gem, let’s explore more fascinating facts about Charlotte Bronte and delve into her remarkable body of work.
Charlotte Bronte, along with her sisters Anne and Emily, wrote under pseudonyms because of the prejudice against female authors at the time. Charlotte wrote under the pen name Currer Bell, while Anne was known as Acton Bell and Emily as Ellis Bell.
Despite numerous rejections, Charlotte Bronte’s determination led her to become one of the most influential writers of her time. As a woman in a male-dominated field, she broke barriers and paved the way for future generations of female writers.
In addition to Jane Eyre, Bronte’s other notable works include Shirley (1849) and Villette (1853). Each novel showcases Bronte’s unique storytelling skills, with vivid character portrayals and in-depth explorations of themes such as social class, individualism and the struggles of women in the Victorian era.
Bronte drew inspiration from her own experiences and surroundings. Growing up in Yorkshire, she used the moors and surrounding countryside as the setting for her novels. The iconic Thornfield Hall in Jane Eyre was inspired by a real house – North Lees Hall in Derbyshire.
Let us take a moment to immerse ourselves in the captivating world of Charlotte Bronte. Share your favourite quotes, passages or characters from her works and let’s celebrate her enduring literary legacy together.