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.
On the wild and lonely Yorkshire moors, a tragic story unfolds as Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff fall in love. But it is a dangerous love, filled with unhappiness and suffering. When Catherine finally breaks Heathcliff's heart, Heathcliff decides to break everyone else's and plans a terrible revenge.
Jane Austen (16 December 1775 - 18 July 1817)
With millions of fans around the world, it is hard to believe that the renown English author Jane Austen passed away 200 years ago, in 1817. Her timeless works speak to us today with humor and irony about romance, relationships and family life of the British landed gentry at the end of the 18th century.
Sense and Sensibility: Elinor and Marianne Dashwood are two very different sisters. Marianne loves excitement and always shows her feelings; Elinor is quiet and has more good sense. They both fall in love and both suffer broken hearts. Will they ever find the right man to love and marry?
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?