Emily Jane Brontė
(1818-1848) was the middle of the Brontė sisters, her elder sister being Charlotte Brontė
and her younger sister being Anne Brontė
. Emily is best known for her only novel, Wuthering Heights
She was perhaps the strangest (or most openly strange) of the three Brontė sisters. She preferred solitude to company, thus reminding of her namesake Emily Dickinson
, and loved to take long walks in the Yorkshire moors, which doubtlessly inspired Wuthering Heights
. She was an adept drawer and was very fond of nature studies. She is also noted as the only one of the entire Brontė household who could control the family's Mastiff Keeper
, whom she famously submitted to herself by beating him up and afterwards tending to his wounds.
There was also another side to her, the one that loved the elderly Brontė housekeeper Tabby so much that she'd herself peel the vegetables for lunch, as Tabby's eyesight got so bad she couldn't do it anymore, lest she would get fired
. Her sister Charlotte described her as stronger than a man [and] simpler than a child.
Emily died of tuberculosis at age 30. Despite ever only writing one novel, her impact on English literature has been profound. That one book has been adapted dozens of times, making her Short-Lived Big Impact
She also wrote a fair amount of poetry, some of which is set in the fictional country of Gondal
, invented by Emily and her sister Anne
, and which along with diary entries is the only record of that world note
. This poetry was allegedly very personal to her, and she as furious when Charlotte
discovered them; nevertheless they have been published after her death.