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Acton Bell is familiar among the literati as Anne Bronte‘s alias. Androgynous, is how other sources describe it, along with those of her sisters’ Currer and Ellis. Ambiguous may be more like it, but I’m just musing. Here’s how Charlotte Bronte explain their pseudonyms:

Averse to personal publicity, we veiled our own names under those of Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell; the ambiguous choice being dictated by a sort of conscientious scruple at assuming Christian names positively masculine, while we did not like to declare ourselves women, because — without at that time suspecting that our mode of writing and thinking was not what is called ‘feminine’ — we had a vague impression that authoresses are liable to be looked on with prejudice; we had noticed how critics sometimes use for their chastisement the weapon of personality, and for their reward, a flattery, which is not true praise.


Aside from the awe, the first thing I noticed as I set eyes at Anne’s grave for the first time was how young she was when she died. What a tender age to be depicting alcohol abuse, debauchery and mistreatment of women. Good thing there was nearby Scarborough Castle to turn the gaze to. Sunshine was bathing the edifice aborting gloom and doom of an Acton Bell reflection.

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