Anne wrote Agnes Gray and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall,
Jane Eyre’s her most famous novel, but Charlotte wrote four,
Patrick Branwell, their brother, who died of a delirium,
Was addicted to alcohol and laudanum,
And Emily’s Wuthering Heights is, perhaps, the best known of all.
One of the most astonishing facts about these four rightly famous writers is that they were all dead before the age of 40. The two eldest in the family, Maria and Elizabeth died at 11 and 10 respectively. Charlotte (1816-1855) died at 37. Patrick Branwell, known as Branwell, (1817-1848) died at 31 from tuberculosis. Emily Jane (1818-1848) died at 30 and Anne 1820-1849) at 29.