Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Tuesday, January 17, 2006 3:53 pm by Cristina   2 comments
Today Anne Brontë celebrates her 186th birthday. Our weekly quote (see sidebar) is in her honour, as a tribute to the baby she once was. A really endearing anecdote and, as many biographers have pointed out, a very appropriate little something as far as her character was concerned, for she was always "sweet, gentle Anne". We don't discredit this at all, but we would also like to remind the general public that she was also the strong woman who wrote The Tenant of Wildfell Hall - possibly the most controversial novel published by a Brontë sibling and one that not even Charlotte dared republish after Anne's death.

We don't know what Anne's birthday wish would be, though we have a few guesses. Goodness knows we try and bring her into the spotlight as often as we possibly can, but the news and publications related to her are scarce. So our birthday wish for her at BrontëBlog is for her to stop being the "overlooked sister in the shadow" and start reigning in her rightful place, at the same level as her siblings. Here's to it!

Happy birthday, Anne!

*For more (lots more) info on Anne, we urge you to visit Mick Armitage's wonderfully thorough website: The Scarborough Connection.

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  1. Great tribute! I thought The Tenant of Wildfell Hall was captivating.
    I just found out about his blog--it's great!

  2. Glad you found us and liked it! It's not everyday that you get none othert than Acton Bell leaving a comment :P