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Emily Brontë, like her older sister Charlotte and younger sister Anne, used a masculine-sounding pseudonym for publication of her writing because of 19th-century prejudice against female authors. She became a teacher at age 20, but her health was poor, and she returned home in April 1839. From then on, she did much of the cooking and cleaning for the household and taught Sunday school. In 1842, Emily and Charlotte attended a girls' academy in Brussels, Belgium, hoping to perfect their French and German so they could open their own school. However, they were unable to attract pupils to their remote Yorkshire home. Emily published Wuthering Heights, her only novel, in 1847. She became ill during her brother Branwell's funeral in September 1848 and died in December.
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