• Growing up in the home of a cruel aunt and a harsh charity school, Jane Eyre, an orphaned young woman, accepts employment as a governess at Thornfield Hall and soon finds herself in love with her employer, the enigmatic Rochester. Reprint. 17,500 first printing.

  • Shirley Nouv.

    Shirley

    Charlotte Brontë

    Publié sous le pseudonyme de Currer Bell, à Londres, en 1849, le roman paraît pour la première fois en France, en 1850. La présente édition est établie d'après la traduction française de Ch. Romey et A. Rolet, Paris, Librairie de L. Hachette et Cie, 1858.
    La province du Yorkshire subit en 1812, la première dé- pression industrielle de l'Histoire. Dans la petite paroisse de Briarfield, plusieurs destins vont se croiser. La jeune Caroline Helstone, fille du pasteur, est éprise de son cousin Robert Moore, manufacturier dont les filatures tournent à vide, nullement intéressé par un mariage peu lucratif... jusqu'à l'arrivée dans la ville voisine, Shirley Keeldar, une héritière vive et entreprenante, dont le ca- ractère charmera plus d'un habitant du Yorkshire ...

  • Lucy Snowe, 14 ans, a développé une profonde affection pour le jeune Graham Bretton, fils de sa marraine. Leur attachement est mutuel, mais le père de Graham vient bientôt récupérer son fils...
    Peu de temps après leurs adieux, Lucy doit quitter la maison. Après quelques hésitations, elle est engagée comme aide par Miss Marchmont, une dame handicapée. À la mort de celle-ci, pleine d´attentes et d´espoirs, Lucy prend un navire pour le royaume de Labassecour et sa capitale, Villette, où elle est employée comme institutrice à l´internat pour jeunes filles de Mme Beck.
    Dans cette école, un certain Dr John rend souvent visite à la coquette Ginevra, dont il est amoureux. Mais on apprend que le Dr John n´est autre que Graham Bretton. Bientôt, Lucy et lui renouent...
    Charlotte Brontë a transposé dans son dernier roman, de façon à peine voilée, son expérience de préceptrice à Bruxelles, dans la pension de M. Héger.

  • Le professeur

    Charlotte Brontë

    Orphelin depuis l'enfance, William Crimsworth étudie dans la prestigieuse école d'Eton, grâce à l'aide financière de sa famille. À la fin de ses études, il rejoint son frère aîné Edward, qui mène carrière dans l'industrie. Mais les deux frères ne s'entendent pas : victime du caractère irascible d'Edward, William choisit de s'exiler en Belgique. Une nouvelle vie s'offre à lui dans un pensionnat pour garçons à Bruxelles, où il devient professeur d'anglais. Intègre et pragmatique, William est vite remarqué. On lui propose d'enseigner également dans le « pensionnat pour demoiselles ». Sous le charme de sa directrice, Mlle Reuter, il lui ouvre son coeur... et apprend qu'elle est sur le point de se marier. Mais lorsqu'il s'éprend par la suite de Frances Henri, la professeure de couture, c'est Mlle Reuter qui en prend ombrage. Et un matin, sans prévenir, William apprend que Mrs Henri a changé d'établissement...

  • Struggling manufacturer Robert Moore has introduced labour saving machinery to his Yorkshire mill, arousing a ferment of unemployment and discontent among his workers. Robert considers marriage to the wealthy and independent Shirley Keeldar to solve his financial woes, yet his heart lies with his cousin Caroline, who, bored and desperate, lives as a dependent in her uncle's home with no prospect of a career. Shirley, meanwhile, is in love with Robert's brother, an impoverished tutor - a match opposed by her family. As industrial unrest builds to a potentially fatal pitch, can the four be reconciled? Set during the Napoleonic wars at a time of national economic struggles, Shirley (1849) is an unsentimental, yet passionate depiction of conflict between classes, sexes and generations.

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  • These two classic novels, together with Brontë's well-known Jane Eyre and Villette, comprise a magnificent oeuvre, each one a singular achievement of characterization, human understanding, and narrative elegance and drama.
    Shirley is the story of a complicated friendship between two very different women: shy and socially constrained Caroline, the poor niece of a tyrannical clergyman; and the independent heiress Shirley, who has both the resources and the spirit to defy convention. The romantic entanglements of the two women with a local mill owner and his penniless brother pit the claims of passion against the boundaries of class and society.
    The Professor--the first novel Brontë completed, the last to be published--is both a disturbing love story and the coming-of-age tale of a self-made man. At its center is William Crimsworth, who has come to Brussels to work as an instructor in a school for girls. When he becomes entangled with Zoräide Reuter, a charismatic and brilliantly intellectual woman, the fervor of her feelings threatens both her own engagement and William's chance of finding true love.
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  • Growing up in the home of a cruel aunt and a harsh charity school, Jane Eyre, an orphaned young woman, accepts employment as a governess at Thornfield Hall and soon finds herself in love with her employer, the enigmatic Rochester. Reprint. 17,500 first printing.

  • As an orphan, Jane's childhood is not an easy one but her independence and strength of character keep her going through the miseries inflicted by cruel relatives and a brutal school. However, her biggest challenge is yet to come. Taking a job as a governess in a house full of secrets, for a passionate man she grows more and more attracted to, ultimately forces Jane to call on all her resources in order to hold on to her beliefs.

  • Growing up in the home of a cruel aunt and a harsh charity school, Jane Eyre, an orphaned young woman, accepts employment as a governess at Thornfield Hall and soon finds herself in love with her employer, the enigmatic Rochester. Reprint. 17,500 first printing.

  • The disparity between Emma Woodhouse's self-confidence and her determination to arrange marriages for her friends while avoiding one for herself leads to a painful series of misunderstandings for everyone who suffers from her well-meaning altruism. This title is a comedy of manners that lays bare the limits on women's autonomy in Regency England.

  • In 1834, Charlotte Brontë and her brother Branwell created the imaginary kingdom of Angria in a series of tiny handmade books. Continuing their saga some years later, the five 'novelettes' in this volume were written by Charlotte when she was in her early twenties, and depict a aristocratic beau monde in witty, racy and ironic language. She creates an exotic, scandalous atmosphere of intrigue and destructive passions, with a cast ranging from the ageing rake Northangerland and his Byronic son-in-law Zamorna, King of Angria, to Mary Percy, Zamorna's lovesick wife, and Charles Townshend, the cynical, gossipy narrator. Together the tales provide a fascinating glimpse into the mind and creative processes of the young writer who was to become one of the world's great novelists.

  • "Villette! Villette! Have you read it?" exclaimed George Eliot when Charlotte Brontë's final novel appeared in 1853. "It is a still more wonderful book than Jane Eyre. There is something almost preternatural in its power."Arguably Brontë's most refined and deeply felt work, Villette draws on her profound loneliness following the deaths of her three siblings. Lucy Snowe, the narrator of Villette,flees from an unhappy past in England to begin a new file as a teacher at a French boarding school in the great cosmopolitan capital of Villette. Soon Lucy's struggle for independence is overshadowed by both her freindship with a wordly English doctor and her feelings for an autocratic schoolmaster. Brontë's strikingly modern heroine must decide if there is any man in her society with whom she can live and still be free."Villette is an amazing book," observed novelist Susan Fromberg Schaeffer. "Written before psychoanalysis came into being, Villette is nevertheless a psychoanalytic work--a psychosexual study of its heroine, Lucy Snowe. Written before the philosophy of existentialism was formulated, the novel's view of the world can only be described as existential. . . . Today it is read and discussed more intensely than Charlotte Brontë's other novels, and many critics now beleive it to be a true master-piece, a work of genius that more than fulfilled the promise of Jane Eyre." Indeed, Virginia Woolf udged Villette to be Brontë's "finest novel."

  • Le professeur

    Charlotte Brontë

    " il ne m'était pas difficile de découvrir la meilleure manière de cultiver l'esprit de frances, de satisfaire son âme altérée, de favoriser l'expansion de cette force intérieure que le froid et la sécheresse avaient paralysée jusqu'à présent ; une bienveillance continuelle cachée sous un langage austère et ne se révélant qu'à de rares intervalles par un regard empreint d'intérêt ou par un mot plein de douceur, un profond respect dissimulé sous un air impérieux, une certaine sévérité jointe à des soins assidus et dévoués, furent les moyens dont je me servis avec elle, et ceux qui convenaient le mieux à sa nature aussi fière que sensible.
    ".

  • Jane Eyre I

    Charlotte Brontë

    Devenue orpheline dès son plus âge, Jane Eyre est recueillie par M. Reed, son oncle. Après la mort de ce dernier, sa tante la traite durement et l'accuse de tous les vices. Lorsqu'elle entre dans sa dixième année, Mme Reed, décidée à s'en débarrasser définitivement, envoie Jane dans une pension pour jeunes filles pauvres, où l'on va lui enseigner sévèrement, les rigueurs de la vie...

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