Posted on October 16, 2020 at 8:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

On this day in 1847, Jane Eyre was first published.

It was released under the name Currer Bell, to disguise the fact that its true author, Charlotte Brontë, was a woman.

The novel, along with several others by the Brontë sisters, has become a classic, and the authors themselves have been dubbed “the world’s greatest literary sisters” by the BBC.

If your familiarity with the Brontës starts and finishes with long-ago literature classes, we invite you to check out this piece on the Brontë sisters from the BBC’s history magazine.

And not to steal Charlotte’s thunder in this post, but if you’ve ever heard the speculation that her sister Emily didn’t actually write Wuthering Heights, head over to the Irish Times for a debunking of that myth.

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