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About Charlotte Bronte
Charlotte Brontë was born at Thornton, Yorkshire in 1816, the third child of Patrick and Maria Brontë. Her father was perpetual curate of Haworth, Yorkshire from 1820 until his death in 1861. Her mother died in 1821, leaving five daughters and a son. Charlotte was employed as a teacher from 1835 to 1838, was subsequently a governess, and in 1842 went with her sister Emily to study languages in Brussels, where during 1843 she again worked as a teacher. Charlotte’s first novel, The Professor, was rejected by several publishers and was not published until 1857. Jane Eyre was published in 1847 and achieved immediate success. In 1848 Branwell Brontë died, as did Emily before the end of the same year, and Anne in the following summer, so that Charlotte alone survived of the six children. Charlotte married in 1854 the Revd A. B Nicholls, her father’s curate, but died in March 1855.
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The loneliness and cruelty of Jane’s childhood strengthens her natural independence and spirit, which prove invaluable when she takes a position as a governess at Thornfield Hall. But after she falls in love with her sardonic employer, her discovery of his terrible secret forces her to make a heart-wrenching choice. Ever since its publication in 1847, "Jane Eyre" has enthralled every kind of reader, from the most critical and cultivated to the youngest and most unabashedly romantic. It lives as one of the great triumphs of storytelling and as a moving and unforgettable portrayal of a woman's quest for self-respect.
"The Brontës' gifted biographer provides us with another superlative Norton Critical Edition of Charlotte Brontë's classic novel. For the classroom and for the general reader, there's no better way to experience the context in which Jane Eyre was written, illuminating modern commentary, and the novel itself in an authoritative text."—Fred Kaplan, Queens College and The Graduate Center, City University of New York
This Norton Critical Edition includes:
-The third-edition text (1848), the last corrected by Charlotte Brontë, accompanied by revised and expanded explanatory footnotes.
-"Contexts," highlighting Jane Eyre as a bildungsroman through diary entries and letters by the author about her experiences as a student, teacher, and governess as well as her feelings about friendship, love, and writing.
-Five major critical interpretations by Virginia Woolf, Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar, Susan Meyer, Carla Kaplan, and Kelly A. Marsh.
-A Chronology and a Selected Bibliography
* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to lives of the Brontë sisters and their works
* Concise introductions to the novels and other texts
* ALL 8 novels, with individual contents tables
* Images of how the books were first printed, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts
* Excellent formatting of the texts
* Features rare poetry collections, including the complete poetical works of the Brontë Sisters
* Special chronological and alphabetical contents tables for the poetry
* Easily locate the poems you want to read
* Includes Charlotte Brontë’s complete Juvenilia - spend hours exploring the author’s early works – many texts available in no other collection
* Special bonus sections featuring the works of Patrick Brontë, the authors’ father, and Branwell Brontë, the brother of the famous sisters
* Features four biographies - discover the Brontë’s literary life
* UPDATED with new and scarce Juvenilia texts
* UPDATED with rare poetry collections
* UPDATED with more images and detailed introductions
* Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres
Charlotte Brontë’s Novels
Charlotte Brontë’s Juvenilia
TALES OF ANGRIA
THE STORY OF WILLIE ELLIN
ALBION AND MARINA
ANGRIA AND THE ANGRIANS
TALES OF THE ISLANDERS
THE GREEN DWARF
OTHER JUVENILIA WORKS
Emily Brontë’s Novel
Anne Brontë’s Novels
THE TENANT OF WILDFELL HALL
The Poetry of the Brontë Sisters
POEMS BY CURRER, ELLIS, AND ACTON BELL
THE COMPLETE POEMS OF ANNE BRONTË
THE COMPLETE POEMS OF EMILY BRONTË
The Poems of the Brontë Sisters
LIST OF POEMS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER
Patrick Brontë’s Works
“AND THE WEARY ARE AT REST”
Branwell Brontë’s Poetry
LIST OF POEMS
THE LIFE OF CHARLOTTE BRONTË by Elizabeth Gaskell
CHARLOTTE BRONTË by T. Wemyss Reid
THE BRONTË FAMILY by Francis A. Leyland
CHARLOTTE BRONTË AND HER CIRCLE by Clement King Shorter
The first table of contents (at the very beginning of the ebook) lists the titles of all novels included in this volume. By clicking on one of those titles you will be redirected to the beginning of that work, where you'll find a new TOC that lists all the chapters and sub-chapters of that specific work.
Here you will find the complete novels of the Brontë Sisters:
- Agnes Grey, by Anne Brontë
- The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, by Anne Brontë
- Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë
- Shirley, by Charlotte Brontë
- Villette, by Charlotte Brontë
- The Professor, by Charlotte Brontë
- Wuthering Heights, by Emily Brontë
While the reader does not find out much about Lucy’s past, she does reveal that she is left alone in the world and, dressed in mourning clothes, the reader can only presume that all of her close family have died. In this first bout of loneliness, she meets Miss Marchmont, an elderly lady who hires Lucy to travel with her and care for her.
After Miss Marchmont’s death, Lucy is once more left on her own. She perceives that the lights of the Aurora Borealis speak to her and tell her to travel to London, where her spirit is bolstered even more by the impressive architecture of St. Paul’s Cathedral. It is in this section of the book, in Chapter Six, that Lucy decides to travel to France.
In this first part of the novel, Lucy is naive and unprepared for independent living. While she is able to secure an income for herself, she is still missing the emotional connection to others—hers is a life onky half-fulfilled.
Striking out on her own, Lucy ends up penniless in Villette, where she meets Madame Beck, who owns a school on Rue Fossette. Madame Beck hires Lucy to teach English at the school, where she finds success despite the obstacle of her Protestantism in a Catholic environment. While Lucy is no longer penniless, she doesn’t have the family or friends that she had back home, and slips into depression. Her health declines until she faints one day. Loneliness leading to illness is a recurring theme in Villette...
The novel's popularity led to Shirley's becoming a woman's name. The title character was given the name that her father had intended to give a son. Before the publication of the novel Shirley was an uncommon but distinctly male name. Today it is regarded as a distinctly female name.
The story of a young Englishman who becomes a teacher at a Belgian girls’ school from the author of Jane Eyre.
An orphan taken in by his uncles and educated at Eton, William Crimsworth rejects his relatives’ plans to marry him off to his cousin and set him up with a career in the church, so he leaves to make his own way in the world. Unfortunately, William’s attempt to become a tradesman leads to unhappiness—but when he makes his way to Belgium and finds a place at a girls’ school as a teacher, his future is irrevocably changed.Though it remained unpublished until after her death, The Professor was Charlotte Brontë’s first novel, inspired by her own experiences as a student and teacher, which lend the story the emotional power for which her fiction is so well known.