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Charlotte Brontë

Charlotte Brontë grew up in Howarth, England. Her early years in this bleak town were enlivened by literary and artistic collaborations with her brother Branwell and her sisters Emily and Anne, both of whom also became novelists. In 1847 Brontë published Jane Eyre, the second of her four novels, under the pseudonym Currer Bell. Partly based on her unhappy experiences as a student and a teacher, the novel was an immediate success and introduced a new type of heroine into English literature--plain-looking, strong-willed, and passionate.