Emily Bronte: Yorkshire, England

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Emily Bronte: Yorkshire, England

Emily Bronte: Yorkshire, England

What Shaped Her: Emily Bronte's sole novel, "Wuthering Heights," was published in 1847 under the pseudonym Ellis Bell. Her tale of Heathcliff and Catherine's tormented love is set against the dramatic, brooding backdrop of the Yorkshire moors. Bronte knew the moors well, having spent most of her life in Haworth and the Shibden valley (both in West Yorkshire).

Relive the Story: There are many theories behind which specific structures inspired the eponymous farmhouse in "Wuthering Heights," but you can gather a general idea from visiting the ruins of Top Withens near Haworth. The inspiration for Thrushcross Grange is believed to be Shibden Hall, near Halifax. It has been redesigned over the years, but still stands today as a museum and public park.

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