This biography examines the life of Branwell Bronte, the brother of the famous sisters Emily, Charlotte, and Anne Bronte. Branwell was considered the most talented of the Bronte siblings in his youth. He not only lead his sisters in the imaginative games the Brontes devised, but he also wrote the most poetry of the children. While Branwell was young, Emily, Anne, and Charlotte collaborated with their brother in creating intricate poems and writings about fictional worlds.
Although all the Bronte children became obsessed with the worlds they created, Branwell continued to be haunted by the worlds which had been created by the Brontes. Branwell also suffered a difficult childhood due to the strictness of his father and tragedy within the family. Branwell and his sisters lost their mother and a sister. While Anne, Emily, and Charlotte left home to pursue schooling and employment, Branwell was taught at home by his father. A number of efforts were made to advance Branwell in the world, even though the Brontes had very little money to help Branwell. Unfortunately, Branwell was unable to gain lasting and gainful employment. There is historical evidence that he abused drugs or alcohol and may have caused some scandal through his love affairs. Although Branwell was loved by his family, he was the only one of the grown Bronte siblings to achieve no literary success. He remains the most elusive of the mysterious Bronte family.
This report prepared by A. Antonow