"In 1846 the three girls, who had tried and failed to support themselves by teaching and taking positions as governesses decided to try literature as a career. That same year they published Poems pseudonymously, under the names Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell. The book sold two copies."-From the Introduction to the Bantam Classics version of Charlotte Bronte's Villette,
"The Sharp Lessons of Experience" Charlotte Bronte's Villlette by Susan Fromberg Shaeffer.