- (pseud. Acton Bell) 1820-49; Eng. novelist: sister of Charlotte
- (Mrs. Arthur Bell Nicholls; pseud. Currer Bell) 1816-55; Eng. novelist: author of Jane Eyre
- (pseud. Ellis Bell) 1818-48; Eng. novelist & poet: author of Wuthering Heights: sister of Charlotte
Family of British novelists and poets, including Charlotte (1816-1855), Emily (1818-1848), and Anne (1820-1849). In 1846 their first publication was issued, a volume of poetry entitled Poems by Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell. In 1847 Charlotte published Jane Eyre; Emily, Wuthering Heights; and Anne, Agnes Gray. Charlotte published Shirley in 1849 and Villette in 1853.
portrait by Evert A. Duyckinck (1816-1878) based on a drawing by George Richmond