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Charlotte Brontë - Author

About the Author

Charlotte Brontë lived from 1816 to 1855. In 1824 she was sent away to school with her four sisters and they were treated so badly that their father brought them home to Haworth in Yorkshire.  The elder two sisters died within a few days and Charlotte and her sisters Emily and Anne were brought up in the isolated village. They were often lonely and loved to walk on the moors.  They were all great readers and soon began to write small pieces of verse and stories.

 

Once Charlotte’s informal education was over she began to work as a governess and teacher in Yorkshire and Belgium so that she could add to the low family income and help to pay for her brother Branwell’s art education.  Charlotte was a rather nervous young woman and didn’t like to be away from home for too long.  The sisters began to write more seriously and published poetry in 1846 under male pen names – there was a lot of prejudice against women writers.  The book was not a success and the sisters all moved on to write novels.  Charlotte’s best-known book, Jane Eyre, appeared in 1847 and was soon seen as a work of genius.
 

Charlotte’s life was full of tragedy, never more so than when her brother Branwell and sisters Emily and Anne died within a few months in 1848/49.  She married her father’s curate in 1854 but died in 1855, before her fortieth birthday.

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Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre

Author: Charlotte Brontë Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/09/2019

Gentle reader, may you never feel what I then felt! Throughout the hardships of her childhood - spent with a severe aunt and abusive cousin, and later at the austere Lowood charity school - Jane Eyre clings to a sense of self-worth, despite of her treatment from those close to her. At the age of eighteen, sick of her narrow existence, she seeks work as a governess. The monotony of Jane's new life at Thornfield Hall is broken up by the arrival of her peculiar and changeful employer, Mr Rochester. Routine at the mansion is further disrupted by mysterious incidents that draw the pair closer together but which, once explained, threaten Jane's happiness and integrity. A flagship of Victorian fiction, Jane Eyre draws the reader in by the vigour of Jane's voice and the novel's forceful depiction of childhood injustice, of the restraints placed upon women, and the complexities of both faith and passion. The emotional charge of Jane's story is as strong today as it was more than 150 years ago, as she seeks dignity and freedom on her own terms. In this new edition, Juliette Atkinson explores the power of narrative voice and looks at the striking physicality of the novel, which is both shocking and romantic.

Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre

Author: Charlotte Brontë Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/09/2019

Jane Eyre ranks as one of the greatest and most perennially popular works of English fiction. Although the poor but plucky heroine is outwardly of plain appearance, she possesses an indomitable spirit, a sharp wit and great courage. She is forced to battle against the exigencies of a cruel guardian, a harsh employer and a rigid social order. All of which circumscribe her life and position when she becomes governess to the daughter of the mysterious, sardonic and attractive Mr Rochester. However, there is great kindness and warmth in this epic love story, which is set against the magnificent backdrop of the Yorkshire moors. Ultimately the grand passion of Jane and Rochester is called upon to survive cruel revelation, loss and reunion, only to be confronted with tragedy.

Villette

Villette

Author: Charlotte Brontë Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/06/2019

Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre

Author: Charlotte Brontë Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/06/2019

Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre

Author: Charlotte Brontë Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/06/2019

The Professor

The Professor

Author: Charlotte Brontë Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/06/2019

Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre

Author: Charlotte Brontë Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/06/2019

HarperCollins is proud to present its range of best-loved, essential classics. `Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong! - I have as much soul as you, - and full as much heart! And if God had gifted me with some beauty and much wealth, I should have made it as hard for you to leave me, as it is now for me to leave you!' Meek, measured, but determined, Jane Eyre is a child born into unfortunate circumstances. Orphaned, mistreated by her cruel aunt and eventually sent away to boarding school, it is not until she becomes a governess at the grand and imposing Thornfield Hall that Jane begins to find happiness, becoming powerfully drawn to Mr Rochester, her brooding and stormy master. But strange and unnerving events have been occurring at Thornfield, and the demons of Rochester's past threaten to shatter everything Jane has grown to hold dear. Originally published in 1847 under the pseudonym Currer Bell, Jane Eyre is Charlotte Bronte's best-known novel, a Gothic masterpiece of character and emotion.

Shirley

Shirley

Author: Charlotte Brontë Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/06/2019

Jane Eyre (Illustrated)

Jane Eyre (Illustrated)

Author: Charlotte Brontë Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/05/2019

Jane Eyre (Illustrated)

Jane Eyre (Illustrated)

Author: Charlotte Brontë Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/05/2019

Jane Eyre an Autobiography

Jane Eyre an Autobiography

Author: Charlotte Brontë Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/05/2019

Jane Eyre Illustrated 1897 Edition

Jane Eyre Illustrated 1897 Edition

Author: Charlotte Brontë Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/05/2019

Jane Eyre An Autobiography

Jane Eyre An Autobiography

Author: Charlotte Brontë Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/05/2019

Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre

Author: Charlotte Brontë Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/05/2019

Jane's aunt and cousin detest her. Life at Lowood School is cruel and dangerous. What inner strength can the young Jane find? Seeking adventure and independence, Jane sets out alone. Is her new master, Mr Rochester, all that he seems? What secret does he keep locked in the third storey, where strange laughter haunts the nights? In her search for affection, Jane faces horror, cruelty, poverty and temptation. Is she strong enough to do what is right? Will she ever mean anything more to anybody than poor, plain Jane Eyre?

Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre

Author: Charlotte Brontë Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/04/2019

Shirley

Shirley

Author: Charlotte Brontë Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/04/2019

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