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Charlotte Bronte

Charlotte Brontė (1816-1855) ranks among the world's greatest writers. Born into a poor, religious family she was nevertheless filled with unbridled passion, renegade ambition, and astounding talent. She defied the expectations of her age by succeeding as a woman writer like few before her. A full-time writer after her early career as a teacher and governess, she died at the age of thirty-nine from complications during her first pregnancy in 1855.