Biographical/historical: Emily Brontë was a British poet and novelist. Born on July 30, 1818, she began writing poetry at the age of eighteen and continued throughout her life although the poems were not intended for publication. Her only novel, Wuthering Heights, was published in 1847.
Content: This is a synthetic collection consisting of pictorial works, manuscripts, and correspondence about the author. The collection includes an original water color drawing entitled, "Forget me not." There are also a number of holograph poems three of which; "Not many years but long enough to see," "Lady-bird! lady-bird! fly away home," and "On its bending stalk a bonny flower" have also been attributed to her sister, Charlotte. There are three poems in the collection also attributed to her brother, Patrick Branwell; "In glimpses of a spirit shore," "And all her tresses backward strayed," and "To the horse Black Eagle which I rode at the battle of Zamorna." The poem "There let thy bleeding branch alone" is also attributed to her sister, Anne. The correspondence consists of one letter written by Charlotte Bronte to Ellen Nussey relating to the death of the author.
Funding: Creation of collection-level record funded with the generous support of the Gladys Kreible Delmas Foundation.