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ISBN13: 9780307455567
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Charlotte Brontë'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.

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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.

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First published in 1853, "Villette" is Bronte's most accomplished and deeply felt work. Her narrator, the autobiographical Lucy Snowe, recounts 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 Brontë (1816-1855), a poor clergyman's daughter from Yorkshire, England, worked as a teacher and governess before her publication of Jane Eyre won her instant fame. She went on to produce three more novels before dying at the age of thirty-eight.

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durhamm, January 3, 2011 (view all comments by durhamm)
Like all Bronte sister books, while my tendency is to speed through because of the glorious writing, it isn't conducive to understanding. In Villette's case it is particularly marked because of all the French. This book is dense and delightful, and set me weeping and reading it from page one again. The heroine, Lucy Snowe, is a dowdy unfortunate spinster working as an English teacher at a French school, always unable to connect with others because of her deep grief of losing her family. She awkwardly yet intelligently stumbles through her life, never to grasp her grief and throw it away from herself for love's sake. Or perhaps her grief is grasped for love's sake.

I love this book. One of my favorite books of all time. The world lost when the Bronte sisters died one by one by one.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307455567
Author:
Bronte, Charlotte
Publisher:
Vintage
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Love stories
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Literature-A to Z
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Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Classics
Publication Date:
20090407
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
672
Dimensions:
8 x 5.1 x 1.15 in 1.05 lb

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"Synopsis" by , 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.

From the Paperback edition.

"Synopsis" by , First published in 1853, "Villette" is Bronte's most accomplished and deeply felt work. Her narrator, the autobiographical Lucy Snowe, recounts a turbulent life's journey--a journey that is one of the most insightful fictional studies of a woman's consciousness in English literature.
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