She was perhaps the strangest (or most openly strange) of the three Brontë 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. Emily was very close to her sister Anne, in their childhood they were inseparable like twins. She is also noted for having a strong bond with the family's Mastiff Keeper, who, in her friend's words, "seemed to understand her like a human being".
There was also another side to her, the one that loved the elderly Brontë 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. Her sister Charlotte described her as stronger than a man [and] simpler than a child. She also told that "though Emily is rather withdrawn she has too kind a heart not to do her utmost for the well-being of the children" (sisters tried to open their own school) and that "she is also very generous soul".
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 in the North Atlantic, 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 was furious when Charlotte discovered them; nevertheless they have been published after her death.