British novelist and poet Anne
Brontë, the youngest of the Brontë siblings was born January
17, 1820 in the village of Thornton, Yorkshire, England. A year after she
was born, her mother Maria Branwell Brontë, died of cancer.
While she was a child her
two eldest siblings, Maria and Elizabeth died of tuberculosis and much
has been written about the influence of these deaths on her and her siblings
and how it may have affected their later writings. In her writing she was
using pseudonym "Acton Bell". Shortly after the deaths of her brother Branwell
and sister Emily in the winter of 1848, Anne Bronte died in May 28, 1849,
after a prolonged illness. Two of her sisters, Charlotte and Emily, were
also authors and poets.