"Ha! A life of Branwell Brontë"
Painting of the Brontë sisters by Branwell Brontë (His own image in the picture has been painted out)
Public DomainPainting of the Brontë sisters by Branwell Brontë (His own image in the picture has been painted out)

Branwell Brontë (1817-1848) was the brother of authors Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Brontë

Mr Mybug was not the first person to postulate that it was Branwell who wrote Wuthering Heights, and that his sisters were engaged in deception. It is also on record that Branwell Brontë did have some literary ambitions: he wrote during his adolescence and in later life published some poetry in local newspapers under a pseudonym, although he never achieved the same success as his sisters.

He worked at various times as a portrait painter, railway clerk, and tutor, and on several occasions got into scrapes which led to his dismissal. He died of tuberculosis at the age of 31, after having developed addictions to both alcohol and laudanum (a form of opium). 

 

Click here, here and here to read about theories relating to Branwell Brontë's authorship of Wuthering Heights, and his influence on the novel.