For today’s post, I have decided to do a countdown ranking all of the novels of Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Bronte!
Number 7: Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte
~The first novel by Anne is a sweet one dealing with a society of the era. Anne drew on her own experience as a governess while writing this first novel.
Number 6: The Professor by Charlotte Bronte
~This novel by Charlotte is said to have been inspired by the years that she spent teaching at a school. It was actually the first novel she wrote, but it was rejected many times. This is why Jane Eyre was published first.
Number 5: Shirley by Charlotte Bronte
~One of the lesser-known novels by Charlotte is well worth the read. This is a tale of two contrasting heroines set during the industrialized England of the Napoleonic Wars.
Number 4: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte
~This is the better of Anne’s novels, as I believe she became a better writer as time passed. It is the story of a reclusive woman living in the titular home and a man who becomes enamored with her.
Number 3: Villette by Charlotte Bronte
~This one is a really good book, similar in feel to other Bronte novels. Yet another tale of a governess. This one is about an Englishwoman who takes a job in a French town.
Number 2: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
~Charlotte’s first novel is still inspiring many writers today! She created such a memorable Gothic story that many people have used this book as a template for their own works. This is especially true when it comes to the crazy wife in the attic premise.
Number 1: Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
~Not only is this my favorite Bronte novel, but it is also my favorite novel of the entire nineteenth century! I adore the story of Cathy and Heathcliff and their doomed love affair. Neither is likable, but they are a perfect match for one another.
~I hope you have enjoyed this countdown. Have you read all the novels? Where would you rank them? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!