Charlotte Bronte, Novelist and poet. Born Yorkshire, the eldest of the three Brontë sisters. Novels include: Jane Eyre, Shirley. To avoid gender prejudice she and her sisters, Emily and Anne published first under pseudonyms, Charlotte's being Currer Bell. July 1848 Charlotte and Anne came to London to meet their publisher, George Smith, to disprove the rumour that they were all the same author.