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Anne Brontë (1820–1849)

Author of The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

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About the Author

Anne Bronte was the daughter of an impoverished clergyman of Haworth in Yorkshire, England. Considered by many critics as the least talented of the Bronte sisters, Anne wrote two novels. Agnes Grey (1847) is the story of a governess, and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1848), is a tale of the evils of show more drink and profligacy. Her acquaintance with the sin and wickedness shown in her novels was so astounding that Charlotte Bronte saw fit to explain in a preface that the source of her sister's knowledge of evil was their brother Branwell's dissolute ways. A habitue of drink and drugs, he finally became an addict. Anne Bronte's other notable work is her Complete Poems. Anne Bronte died in 1849. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
Disambiguation Notice:

Also wrote under the name Acton Bell.
Do not combine Anne with either or both of her sisters. Thank you.

Works by Anne Brontë

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1848) 7,672 copies, 170 reviews
Agnes Grey (1847) 5,190 copies, 169 reviews
Jane Eyre / Wuthering Heights / Agnes Grey (1978) 477 copies, 2 reviews
Best Poems of the Brontë Sisters (1997) — Author — 176 copies, 5 reviews
The Best of the Brontës (2016) 113 copies
The Brontës: Selected Poems (1985) 100 copies, 1 review
Poems by Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell (1846) 85 copies, 2 reviews
100 Eternal Masterpieces of Literature - volume 1 (2017) — Contributor — 61 copies
High Waving Heather: A Selection of Poems (1996) — Author — 55 copies
Delphi Complete Works of the Brontës (2011) 54 copies, 1 review
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall [1996 mini-series] (1998) — Original novel — 46 copies
The Complete Poems of Anne Brontë (1988) 11 copies, 1 review
Charlotte, Emily e Anne Bronte: lettere (2002) 6 copies, 1 review
The Consolation (2017) 4 copies
Agnes Grey [abridged] (1777) 3 copies
Lettres illustrées (1994) 3 copies
Poems (2014) 2 copies
Poesie 2 copies
(all) 1 copy
Appeal [poem] (2016) 1 copy
The Brontes 1 copy
Obras 1 copy
Taubengraue Tage (2000) 1 copy
Jane Eyre / Agnes Grey (1974) 1 copy

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Common Knowledge

Canonical name
Brontë, Anne
Legal name
Brontë, Anne
Other names
Bell, Acton (pseudonym)
Date of death
Burial location
Saint Mary's Churchyard, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, England, UK
Country (for map)
England, UK
Thornton, Yorkshire, England, UK
Place of death
Scarborough, England, UK
Cause of death
Places of residence
Haworth, Yorkshire, England, UK
Scarborough, England, UK
Roe Head, Mirfield, Yorkshire, England, UK
Brontë, Emily (sister)
Brontë, Charlotte (sister)
Brontë, Branwell (brother)
Brontë, Patrick (father)
Awards and honors
Blue Plaque
Short biography
Anne was the youngest of the Brontë siblings. She worked as a governess and wrote stories and poetry with her sisters. Her literary reputation is based mainly on the two novels she published before her untimely death at age 29. Like her older sisters, she used a masculine-sounding pseudonym, Acton Bell, for publication of her writing because of 19th-century prejudice against female authors.
Disambiguation notice
Also wrote under the name Acton Bell.
Do not combine Anne with either or both of her sisters. Thank you.



Group Read, November 2019: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall in 1001 Books to read before you die (December 2019)
Group read: Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë in Virago Modern Classics (June 2019)
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall: March group read in 75 Books Challenge for 2017 (March 2017)
Tenant in The Brontës (March 2013)
1001 Group Read August, 2012: Agnes Grey in 1001 Books to read before you die (August 2012)
MAY group read: AGNES GREY - General Thread in The 11 in 11 Category Challenge (June 2011)
September: Bronte: the Tenant of Wildfell hall in Monthly Author Reads (September 2010)


While it doesn't have the literary wildness, narrative uniqueness, or romantic passion of her sisters' first books, the loosely autobiographical first novel by the youngest Brontë sister, Anne, is zippy, enjoyable, and frequently very funny. As in Jane Eyre, we get an inside look at how horribly governesses are treated in Victorian England, even when they have hearts of gold like Agnes. I truly enjoyed the characterization of the teenage daughters at her second post (and the sweet comeuppance of the eldest daughter's marriage) and while the meet cute at the end of the book was so sweet it made my teeth hurt, it was well earned. If you are only going to read one Brontë novel, this is probably not the one I'd recommend, but I still enjoyed it!… (more)
kristykay22 | 168 other reviews | May 14, 2024 |
Kinda sucks to be a woman, and boy is she a putz.
farrhon | 169 other reviews | May 8, 2024 |
My daughter and I read this together as a "book project"- we are catching up on the books we've been meaning to read. I liked it more than I expected. It is considered one of the first feminist books. I can see that. It is a bit melodramatic, although perhaps not as much as the works of her sisters, such as Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. It does give an interesting perspective on well-to-do English gentlemen who do not have any purpose but to drink, hunt, and gamble!
"You would have us encourage our sons to prove all things by their own experience, while our daughters must not even profit by the experience of others."

Read more at my blog:
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Chrissylou62 | 169 other reviews | Apr 11, 2024 |
Reason read: TBR takedown/Reading 1001, April 2024.
Finally! This book has been on my TBR forever. I enjoyed it! A tale of a young woman who marries against all advice because she believes she can change someone. This book may be old but it is still very relevant. What is old is the options that were or were not available. The dignity and "manners" that no longer exist.
It is told over a long period of time and includes the use of diaries to provide background. A book that was probably ahead of its time.… (more)
Kristelh | 169 other reviews | Apr 8, 2024 |



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