Synopses & Reviews
Fleeing an unhappy past in England, penniless Lucy Snowe starts life anew at a boarding school in cosmopolitan Villette, a stand-in for Brussels. The mystery, jealousy, and love that she finds there give Charlotte Brontës final novel much of the Gothic tone and psychological incisiveness that prompted George Eliot, Virginia Woolf, and others to call Villette
her finest work. Based on Brontës own experiences in Brussels and her attachment to a brilliant teacher with a strong and eccentric personality, this superb romantic novel is an exceptional example of how a great writer transforms the ordinary events of her life into vivid and exciting art. Villette
represents the inimitable Brontë genius by giving us a masterful portrait of Lucy Snowe, who belongs beside the great nineteenth-century literary heroinesand who will strongly appeal to modern readers.
With a New Introduction by Adriana Trigiani and an Afterword by Helen Benedict
Brontë's romantic heroine Lucy Snowe, a penniless governess attempting to begin life anew in France, is an exceptional example of a great writer transforming her life into art.
Based on Bront's own experiences in Brussels and her attachment to a brilliant teacher with an eccentric personality, this novel shows how a great writer transforms the ordinary events of her life into vivid art. Includes a new Afterword. Reissue.
About the Author
(181655) was the third of the three famous Brontë sisters. Along with their brother, they grew up in the isolated Yorkshire village of Haworth with no real schooling and little care. The Brontë sisters tried for ten years to make their living as governesses. Finding the occupation hateful, they decided to set up their own school. To prepare themselves, Charlotte and Emily set off for Brussels to learn French and German. Back in Haworth, Charlotte and her sisters published a volume of poems; though only two copies were sold, the Brontës were stimulated to attempt novels. Emilys Wuthering Heights
and Annes Agnes Grey
found publishers, but Charlottes offering was returned with the suggestion she try again. The manuscript of her next novel, Jane Eyre
, was accepted overnight and became an immediate success. Shirley
, and The Professor
complete the tally of her novels.
Adriana Trigiani is an award-winning playwright, television writer, and documentary filmmaker. Her books include the New York Times bestseller The Shoemakers Wife; the Big Stone Gap series; Very Valentine; Brava, Valentine; Lucia, Lucia; and the best-selling memoir Dont Sing at the Table, as well as the young adult novels Viola in Reel Life and Viola in the Spotlight. She has written the screenplay for Big Stone Gap, which she will also direct. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.
Helen Benedict is the author of such novels as Sand Queen, A World Like This, Bad Angel, and The Sailors Wife. She is a professor at Columbia University, where she teaches writing and literature in the Graduate School of Journalism.