We were inspired to look more closely at some of the key figures that appear in our Little History books by an interaction with a reader on the Little History facebook page. We really liked the idea of finding out what the series has to say about all sorts of ‘remarkable people’, both heroes and villains, and we’re putting together this resource for you to explore. Whether you’re looking for help with your homework (!), or trying to fill a gap in your knowledge, Little History books and their cast of characters have plenty to offer.
19th-century English literary family, consisting of Charlotte, Emily, and Anne
1816 – 1855
The Brontës were a prominent literary family living in England in the nineteenth century. The sisters, Charlotte, Emily and Anne, wrote novels and poetry initially under masculine pseudonyms, receiving immediate critical attention for their stories. The sisters’ works have since come to be regarded as masterpieces of English literature; perhaps most notably, Emily’s Wuthering Heights (1848) Charlotte’s Jane Eyre (1847) and Anne’s Agnes Grey (1847).
In A Little History of Literature, Sutherland introduces great classics in his own irresistible way, enlivening his offerings with humour as well as learning: Beowulf, Shakespeare, Don Quixote, the Romantics, Dickens, Moby Dick, The Waste Land, Woolf, …