Charlotte Bronte Books

Charlotte Bronte

Easton Press Charlotte Bronte books:
Jane Eyre - 1978

Franklin Library Charlotte Bronte books:
Jane Eyre - World's Best Loved Books - 1980
Jane Eyre - 100 Greatest Books of All Time - 1981

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Charlotte Bronte (1816-55), Emily Jane (1818-48), and Anne (1820-49), English writers, known as the Bronte sisters, born in Thornton, Yorkshire. Their father was rector of Haworth in the Yorkshire moors, and the girls received their early education in his parsonage. Charlotte and Emily Bronte spent a year at a school for the daughters of clergymen, and the three sisters later attended Margaret Wooler's school for girls in Dewsbury. Subsequently Charlotte and Anne Bronte worked for a time as governesses. In 1842 Charlotte and Emily Bronte spent eight months in a school in Brussels, Belgium, where, in 1843, Charlotte taught English. All three Bronte sisters had been writing verses, each concealing her work from her sisters. In 1845 they became aware of each other’s secret efforts and, in the following year brought out at their own expense a volume of their poems, under the pseudonyms Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell. The book attracted little notice; only two copies were sold. Charlotte Bronte’s novel Jane Eyre, containing a fictional account of her unhappy experience at the school for clergymen’s daughters, was published in August, 1847, and met with immediate success. Emily Bronte’s grim and tragic novel Wuthering Heights, set in the bleak Yorkshire moors, and Anne’s partly autobiographical novel of her unpleasant experience as a governess, Agnes Grey, were both published in December 1847. Anne’s second work, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, appeared in 1848. Charlotte Bronte's novel Shirley (1849) was an idealized portrait of her sister Anne, and her Villette (1853) was based on her experiences in Brussels. The year before her death Charlotte Bronte married her father’s curate, Arthur Bell Nicholls.

Jane Eyre

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