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Charlotte Bronte's final masterpiece powerfully portrays a woman struggling to reconcile love, jealousy, and a fierce desire for independence.
Having fled a harrowing past in England, Lucy Snowe begins a new life teaching at a boarding school in the great capital of a foreign country. There, as she tries to achieve independence from both outer necessity and inward grief, she finds that her feelings for a worldly doctor and a dictatorial professor threaten her hard-won self-possession. Published in 1853, Charlotte Bronte's last novel was written in the wake of her grief at the death of her siblings. It has a dramatic force comparable to that of her other masterpiece, "Jane Eyre," as well as a striking modernity of psychological insight and a revolutionary understanding of human loneliness.

About the Author

Charlotte Bronte, (1816-1855) was an English poet and novelist best known for her novel Jane Eyre. After finishing school she took up as a governess to multiple families in Yorkshire, similar to her leading character Jane Eyre. She married Arthur Bell Nicholls in 1845. Charlotte and her unborn child died due to complication during her pregnancy.

Praise For…

"Brontë’s finest novel."
—Virginia Woolf

Product Details
ISBN: 9780307455567
ISBN-10: 0307455564
Publisher: Vintage Classics
Publication Date: April 7th, 2009
Pages: 657
Language: English