Villette

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Penguin UK, Jun 24, 2004 - Fiction - 672 pages
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With neither friends nor family, Lucy Snowe sets sail from England to find employment in a girls' boarding school in the small town of Villette.

There she struggles to retain her self-possession in the face of unruly pupils, an initially suspicious headmaster and her own complex feelings, first for the school's English doctor and then for the dictatorial professor Paul Emmanuel. Drawing on her own deeply unhappy experiences as a governess in Brussels, Charlotte Brontė's last and most autobiographical novel is a powerfully moving study of isolation and the pain of unrequited love, narrated by a heroine determined to preserve an independent spirit in the face of adverse circumstances.

 

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"I seemed to hold two lives--the life of thought, and that of reality; and, provided the former was nourished with a sufficiency of the strange necromantic joys of fancy, the privileges of the latter ... Read full review

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[Villette] by Charlotte Bronte It is hard to believe that Villette was published in 1853 and yet its style is so very reminiscent of its era. It reads like a Victorian novel but one with hardly any ... Read full review

Contents

Chronology
Introduction Villette
VOLUME I
BRETTON
PAULINA
THE PLAYMATES
MISS MARCHMONT
TURNING A NEW LEAF
ISIDORE
DR JOHN
THE PORTRESSES CABINET
THE CASKET
A SNEEZE OUT OF SEASON
Lucy Snowe
THE FŹTE XV THE LONG VACATION
VOLUME II

LONDON
VILLETTE
MADAME BECK
still halfhour elapsed I thought her asleep when the little white shape
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Charlotte Brontė (1816-55), along with her sisters Anne and Emily, is among the greatest 19th century English novelists and author of Jane Eyre.


Helen M. Cooper is Professor of English at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She is also the author of a number of books and articles.

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