The Life

  • John Hewish


In some ways, certainly, Emily Brontë’s life and work seem unusually of a piece, in exemplifying extremes. Her with-drawal from close relationships outside the family — and to some extent within it — was combined with an essentially religious or philosophic preoccupation with the meaning of human existence. She was a recluse who spent much of the time remaining from household chores in writing, but not for publication. She allowed her work to be published only as a concession to her sisters’ project. Her life, though her character lent it a certain drama, was mysterious, mainly because genius in an unobtrusive life is apt in time to seem so.


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  1. ‘Papa would like to see the work very much’ (W. Carus, The Memoirs of the Life of Charles Simeon) ‘as he knew Mr Simeon.’ CB to EN, 3 May 1848; SHB II 212; also J. H. Buckley, Tennyson (1960) pp. 25–6.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    Christian, ‘Census of Brontë MSS’ in Trollopian, IV (1948) 245.Google Scholar

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