Monday, December 19, 2011

Emily Bronte

Emily Bronte, the author of Wuthering Heights, died on December 19, 1848.  Walter Scott’s impact on literature and the Brontes can be seen in the following text, which describes the Bronte sisters inventing plays.  The text comes from “Emily Bronte”, by Agnes Robinson.

‘…Emily’s and my best plays were established on the 1st of December, 1827   I [Charlotte Bronte] will sketch out the origin of our plays more explicitly if I can.  .Papa bought Branwell some wooden soldiers at Leeds…Emily and I jumped out of bed, and I snatched up one and exclaimed, “This is the Duke of Wellington!  This shall be the Duke.” … In another play Emily chooses Sir Walter Scott, Mr. Lockhart, and Johnny Lockhart as her representatives…’

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