“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”
—Charlotte Bronte, from Jane Eyre
Charlotte Bronte (1816 – 1855) lived her whole life in Yorkshire, and with her two sisters, Emily and Anne, set the literary world on fire with their novels. Her works and those of her sisters are steeped in Yorkshire scenery and sit in the 19th century world they lived in. Yet, they are all timeless and forward-thinking, possessing thoughts, ideas and actions that hold universal appeal and are timeless. Charlotte did not have a life of extravagance, adventure or high education, yet she produced profound works. Her life was instead one capped with sad events, a loving family and limited means. Such, in our world today, and in hers, would automatically preclude a remarkable life, but as for so many authors, it was just those things that led to the creation of her masterpiece, Jane Eyre, which often sits in the top ten greatest works of all time.