November 1, 1986
November 1, 1986
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.
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.
- Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres, Fiction + Literature Themes
- Subgenre: Classics, Types of Characters, Love + Relationships + Sex, Human Qualities + Behavior, Education, Mystery + Crime, Literary Genres + Types of Novels
- Edition: Reissue
- Language: English
- Author: Charlotte Bronte
- Online Item #: 11984187
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-31-2738
- ISBN: 9780553212433
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported