Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Hall or Nothing for Brontë Brother

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Hall or Nothing for Brontë Brother

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The extraordinary and world-famous lives of the Brontë sisters often obscures the brief and sometimes miserable life of their only brother, Branwell.

While his sisters Charlotte, Emily and Anne went on to write the classics Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, he only achieved limited literary success despite possessing similar talents.

Branwell flitted from job to including stints as a children's tutor, classroom assistant and railway station clerk. But he was almost always fired for inappropriate behaviour, usually linked to his alcoholism and use of narcotics.

There were some high points in this life. He was an accomplished artist and painted one of the most cherished portraits of the Brontë sisters, which now hangs in the National Portrait Gallery. …

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