Charlotte Bronte (1816-55) was an English novelist and poet,
and the eldest of the world-famous Bronte sisters whose novels are
considered classics in nineteenth century fiction. Their works
still intrigue fans today, more than 150 years after they were
first published. Charlotte left school at age 14 to tutor her
sisters, Emily and Anne, and the sisters later turned to writing
when they were unsuccessful in opening a school. Charlotte's first
novel The Professor (1857) was at first rejected, but her second
novel Jane Eyre was published in 1847 to great success. By 1848 the
sisters had renounced their pseudonyms and became celebrated in
literary circles for their gripping novels.
Judith John (Glossary) is a writer and editor specializing in literature and history. She has worked as an editor on major educational projects, including English A: Literature for the Pearson International Baccalaureate series. Judith's major research interests include Romantic and Gothic literature, and Renaissance drama.