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Harper Collins, Oct 30, 2012 - Fiction - 440 pages
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Villette is the story of Lucy Snow, a teacher at an all-girls boarding school in Belgium who finds herself caught up in her students' romances, reunited with old friends, and searching for a love of her own. Exploring themes of gender roles, repression, isolation, and religion, Villette is best known for following Lucy's psychological state.

Villette, originally published using Charlotte Brontė's pseudonym Currer Bell, was reworked from her first novel The Professor after it was turned down by publishers, and reflects Brontė's own experiences as both a student and teacher at a boarding school. It has been adapted for radio and television, and inspired Jamaica Kincaid's 1990 novel Lucy.

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User Review  - janerawoof - LibraryThing

Interesting to read the author's semi-autobiographical novel. The main character, Lucy Snowe, was such a contrast with Jane Eyre, her more famous literary "sister"; the latter was more straightforward ... Read full review

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User Review  - tess_schoolmarm - LibraryThing

I read where Villette was the ruination of Charlotte Bronte's career, and I can understand why. The story is disjointed and difficult to follow. It may be difficult to follow if one doesn't know a great deal of conversational French, as entire paragraphs are written in French. Just terrible! Read full review

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Charlotte Brontė, born in 1816, was an English novelist and poet, the eldest of the three Brontė sisters, and one of the nineteenth century's greatest novelists. She is the author of Villette, The Professor, several collections of poetry, and Jane Eyre, one of English literature's most beloved classics. She died in 1855.

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