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Anne Brontë (1820-1849), Novelist

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Anne Brontë was a poet and novelist, sister of Charlotte and Emily Brontë. She is best remembered for her novels Agnes Grey (1847) and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1848), published under the pseudonym Acton Bell. The youngest of six children, she was taught in the family's Haworth home and at Roe Head School. She took a position as governess briefly in 1839 and then again for four years, from 1841 to 1845, with the Robinsons, at Thorpe Green, near York. In 1846 Anne Brontë contributed twenty-one poems to Poems by Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell, a joint work with her sisters Charlotte and Emily. She fell ill with tuberculosis in 1848 and died the following year.

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The Brontë Sisters (Anne Brontë; Emily Brontë; Charlotte Brontë)

by Patrick Branwell Brontë
oil on canvas, circa 1834
On display in Room 24 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1725