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Introduction
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Charlotte, Emily and Anne Bronte are generally far better known as novelists than poets. Charlotte's Jane Eyre and Emily's Wuthering Heights are the masterpieces everyone still recalls from childhood, and they hold something of the haunting quality of having long been assimilated into one's personal history. The lives of the three have likewise entered the collective consciousness, which has proceeded to mythologize them, so that the village where they lived, Haworth in Yorkshire, is the destination of hosts of visitors to the north of England. Haworth itself clusters around that century-old myth: its cafes, streets and souvenir shops bear their name and all its signposts seem to point in their direction.