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Old November 19th, 2017, 09:00 PM   #1

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The Bronte siblings

The Bronte siblings were fairly literary.
First, we look at the novels:
Anne Bronte: Agnes Grey and the Tenant of Windfell Hall
Emily Bronte: Wuthering Height
Charlotte Bronte: Jane Eyre, Villette, Shirley, the Professor
Branwell Bronte was known for his talent in painting and poetry as well.
All of the siblings were known for their poetic abilities, and all of them were known for their remarkably brief lifespans.
What cut their lives short? The medical level of the day might be a factor; it was not the only thing that cut their lifespans.
Why Branwell hardly found professional and literary successes while he was the only brother?
Would their talents be fully developed and appreciated if they were born in the 1970s?
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I am currently reading this
(in classical Chinese as usual; I still want to strengthen my talent.)
Time, background, and socialization must explain something.
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I think it was the area they lived in that 'cut their lives short'.
Haworth was an industrial mill town (mostly cotton at that time). I posted some statistics on here a while ago on the average age of deaths in the area. The living conditions in Keighley/Haworth were squalid and people died young.
Being the daughters of Patrick Bronte, who campaigned for better conditions, they would have been involved in local causes and charitable acts which would have brought them into contact with the diseases of overcrowding and poverty.
Haworth was compared to the east end of London (sanitary reports I think?) and also descriptions of the remains of the dead 'oozing' out of the overcrowded grave yard into the church. Also of open uncovered public toilets in the main street, the contents flowing into dwellings.
Will look it up for you and provide sources if you like

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Old June 8th, 2018, 05:57 PM   #4

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I don't know anything about the Bronte sisters to comment.

That said, in John J Ross M.D.'s book "Shakespeare's Tremor and Orwell's Cough: Diagnosing the Medical Groans and Last gasps of Ten Great Writers," the author devotes a whole chapter to the Bronte sisters.

He states, "The clinical illnesses of Charlotte and her siblings were all consistent with TB .... There is also a substantial family burden of psychiatric disease, ...."

I recommend this book if you are interested in the health background of the Bronte sisters (and other authors).

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