Emily Brontë (30 luglio 1818 – 19 dicembre 1848)
Though she only wrote one novel, Emily Brontë made an immense contribution to English literature, being the first woman to write about topics considered male-only at the time, such as passion and power conflicts. Wuthering Heights defied Victorian England's stereotypes and societal norms, showing readers that women have unique characters and personalities and are equal to men.
Love and Madness
In July 2018 we will celebrate the bicentenary of one of the most important figures in 19th century English literature: Emily Brontë. A mostly self-educated young woman who grew up in a moorland village in Victorian England, she was nonetheless incredibly courageous and independently minded and gave us one of the greatest romantic novels of English literature.
Louisa May Alcott (November 29, 1832 - March 6, 1888)
Louisa May Alcott was born in Pennsylvania, USA in 1832. She began writing stories at a young age. Little Women is an autobiographical novel about growing up with her three sisters. During the American Civil War Alcott worked as a nurse. Throughout her life she was a women's rights activist and fought to abolish slavery.
Little Women: The story of the four March sisters and their loves, problems and adventures is sometimes sad, often funny but always charming. Louisa May Alcott wrote Little Women in 1868. It is also a film starring Winona Ryder and Susan Sarandon.
Jonathan Swift was born in Dublin in 1667 and came of age at the height of the Glorious Revolution. He was a great literary figure even in his time, but we know very little about his private life. Swift died in a mental institution struck down by an illness, but he wasn’t mad when he wrote Gulliver’s Travels, a satire on politics, and a timeless book for children.
Gulliver's Travels: Gulliver travels across the sea from England and has an accident. He arrives in a country of very, very small people. What will they do with him? How will he talk to them? And why are the Big-enders fighting the Little-enders?