Villette (Paperback)

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First published in 1853, "Villette" is Bronte''s most accomplished and deeply felt work. Her narrator, the autobiographical Lucy Snowe, recounts a turbulent life''s journey--a journey that is one of the most insightful fictional studies of a woman''s consciousness in English literature.


Publisher Random House Inc
Mfg Part# 9780307455567
SKU 208894161
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0307455564
Release Date 4/7/2009
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Charlotte Bronte
Best known for her Gothic masterpiece JANE EYRE, Charlotte Bronte grew up in Yorkshire, England with her literary sisters, Anne and Emily, and her brother Branwell. Their childhood at the Haworth parsonage (where their father was the parson) was marked by imaginative play--stagings of dramas, stories, and other creative work, often using a set of wooden soldiers. In THE PROFESSOR, she draws on her painful experiences in Brussels, where she experienced unrequited love for her employer. A shy, solitary woman who longed for love, Bronte married late in life and died in childbirth.
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Annotation Charlotte Brontë's last novel--a highly autobiographical one--tells the story of Lucy Snowe, a cold young woman who becomes a teacher at a school for girls in Brussels, where she falls in love with a fellow teacher, M. Paul Emmanuel. The plot parallels a situation in Brontë's own life, when she studied in Brussels in the 1840s and became involved in a mostly one-sided romance with a professor. Her father requested a happy ending to the story, but the best she could do was to supply a somewhat ambiguous one that has provided a puzzle for Brontë scholars since the book was published.
Editors Note With her final novel, Villette, Charlotte Bronte reached the height of her artistic power. First published in 1853, Villette is Bronte's most accomplished and deeply felt work, eclipsing even Jane Eyre in critical acclaim. Her narrator, the autobiographical Lucy Snowe, flees England and a tragic past to become an instructor in a French boarding school in the town of Villette. There, she unexpectedly confronts her feelings of love and longing as she witnesses the fitful romance between Dr. John, a handsome young Englishman, and Ginerva Fanshawe, a beautiful coquetter. This first pain brings others, and with them comes the heartache Lucy has tried so long to escape. Yet in spite of adversity and disappointment, Lucy Snowe survives to recount the unstinting vision of a turbulent life's journey—a journey that is one of the most insightful fictional studies of a woman's consciousness in English literature.From the Paperback edition.
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Number of Pages 0657
Publisher Vintage Classics

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