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Emily Brontė
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  • Now and again an Emily Brontė or a Robert Burns blazes out and proves its presence.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One’s Own
  • He was rather shrivelled-looking, but kinder, she felt, and she had a real affection for him, for he was connected with her youth, and she still had a little Emily Brontė he had given her, and he was to write, surely?
    Virginia Woolf  --  Mrs. Dalloway
  • Moreover, I thought, looking at the four famous names, what had George Eliot in common with Emily Brontė?
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One’s Own
  • Only Jane Austen did it and Emily Brontė.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One’s Own

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  • Emily Brontė should have written poetic plays; the overflow of George Eliot’s capacious mind should have spread itself when the creative impulse was spent upon history or biography.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One’s Own
  • When, however, one reads of a witch being ducked, of a woman possessed by devils, of a wise woman selling herbs, or even of a very remarkable man who had a mother, then I think we are on the track of a lost novelist, a suppressed poet, of some mute and inglorious Jane Austen, some Emily Brontė who dashed her brains out on the moor or mopped and mowed about the highways crazed with the torture that her gift had put her to.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One’s Own
  • Moreover, if you consider any great figure of the past, like Sappho, like the Lady Murasaki, like Emily Brontė, you will find that she is an inheritor as well as an originator, and has come into existence because women have come to have the habit of writing naturally; so that even as a prelude to poetry such activity on your part would be invaluable.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One’s Own
  • She had nothing like the love of Nature, the fiery imagination, the wild poetry, the brilliant wit, the brooding wisdom of her great predecessors, Lady Winchilsea, Charlotte Brontė, Emily Brontė, Jane Austen and George Eliot; she could not write with the melody and the dignity of Dorothy Osborne—indeed she was no more than a clever girl whose books will no doubt be pulped by the publishers in ten years’ time.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One’s Own
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