The human heart has hidden treasures,
In secret kept, in silence sealed;
The thoughts, the hopes, the dreams, the pleasures,
Whose charms were broken if revealed.
(Charlotte Brontë in Evening Solace)
(with thanks to http://statelibrarynsw.tumblr.com/ for the poem which I shared in this Bronte-birthday post)
The English novelist Charlotte Brontë was born today, 201 years ago in Thornton, West Yorkshire:
By 1820 father Patrick Brontë, Irish priest and author, was appointed perpetual curate of Haworth. Th family moved into Haworth’s parsonage which became the Brontë family home were the famous novels of the daughters were written.
Charlotte and her two younger sisters Emily and Anne (two had already passed away after their mother) loved to write and decided finance the publications of their books in May 1846 under the pseudonym of Bell (middle name of Haworth’s curate, Arthur Bell Nicholls with whom she married later.
Charlotte took the pen name Currer Bell for her self-financed publication. Also for her famous novel Jane Eyre
The works of the three Brontë sisters: The Shakespeare Head Brontë Novels
Eleven octavo publisher’s deluxe bindings in three quarter green morocco, decorated with gilt. Oxford: Newly Printed at the Shakespeare Head Press and Published for the Press by Basil Blackwell, 1931
Charlotte was a creative person and also wrote and bound Jane Eyre in miniature: