Anne Bronte from a group portrait by her brother Branwell
(January 17, 1820 - May 28, 1849)
English novelist and poet, Anne Brontë was the youngest member of the Brontë sisters literary family. At 19 year old she worked as a governess between 1839 and 1845. After leaving her teaching position, she fulfilled her literary ambitions. Anne’s time as a governess influenced her earlier work such as Agnes Grey published in 1847. As well as her second and last novel, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall which was one of the first sustained feminist novels. Anne also wrote a volume of poetry with her sisters, Poems by Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell. Anne’s novels and poems were first published under the masculine pen name of Acton Bell. Anne Bronte died of of what was suspected to be pulmonary tuberculosis at the age of 29.