Emily Brontë, one of six children, was born July 30, 1818 in Thornton, Yorkshire, to Patrick and Maria Brontë. Emily was sent away to boarding school when she was six, along with her three elder sisters. It was a nightmare for them all. The terrible conditions at the school would be the death of Maria and Elizabeth while Charlotte would later feature their experiences in her novel, "Jane Eyre." After the deaths of the two sisters, Charlotte and Emily were brought home. The four remaining Brontë children entertained themselves by reading and creating make-believe worlds. The Brontë's intense collective creativity fostered the writing of two of the greatest classics of English literature – Charlotte's "Jane Eyre" and Emily's own "Wuthering Heights," published in 1847. Today, "Wuthering Heights" remains beloved by readers ranging from literary scholars to "Twlight" fans.
"Proud people breed sad sorrows for themselves."
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