Anne Brontë: The Other One by Elizabeth Langland

By Elizabeth Langland

A research of Anne Bronte facing her existence and impacts, this article varieties a part of a chain that is designed to aid within the reassessment of women's writing within the gentle of modern realizing.

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Even before the poems appeared, as early as April 6, Charlotte was writing to publishers about fiction underway. Charlotte was working on The Professor, Emily on Wuthering Heights, and Anne on Agnes Grey. In May 1847, in a surprising turn of events, Emily and Anne's novels were accepted and Charlotte's rejected by Thomas Newby. He asked the authors to share the risk of publication to the extent of £50 and , although the sisters had agreed not to layout more of their precious legacy from their aunt in payment for publication, Anne and Emily jointly decided to meet his terms .

And rather than acknowledge the critique and distinction, we have measured the work by inappropriate standards which cannot do justice to its achievement. Such is often the fate of the woman writer in patriarchal culture. We might also note that as the surviving sister, Charlotte was in the position of 'patriarch' to determine which of Emily's and Anne's novels were reprinted and which were not. 29 30 ANNE BRONTE Anne finally presents a very different feminism from Charlotte's and Emily's, one more influenced by the eighteenth century than by the Romantic poets and novelists who shaped her sisters.

In contrast, Anne struggled to live. A specialist, Dr Teale, was brought in to consult on her health on ANNE BRONTE'S LIFE 23 January 5, 1849, but he could see that there was nothing to be done. Anne's moving final poem, begun two days after the doctor's visit, expresses simultaneous resignation to God's will and a fervent hope for miraculous recovery. There was no miracle, but there was great heroism. Anne faced her death with equanimity. Her final wish was to revisit York Minster and the sea at Scarborough .

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