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.
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.
Susan Fromberg Schaeffer (1940 - 2011) was a Professor of English and author of fourteen novels, six poetry collections, and other works.
"Brontë’s finest novel."—Virginia Woolf