Villette

ISBN-10: 0140434798
ISBN-13: 9780140434798
Edition: 2004 (Revised)
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Book details

List price: $13.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/28/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 656
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

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 schools English doctor and then for the dictatorial professor, Paul Emmanuel. Charlotte Bronts 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.

Charlotte Bronte, the third of six children, was born April 21, 1816, to the Reverend Patrick Bronte and Maria Branwell Bronte in Yorkshire, England. Along with her sisters, Emily and Anne, she produced some of the most impressive writings of the 19th century. The Brontes lived in a time when women used pseudonyms to conceal their female identity, hence Bronte's pseudonym, Currer Bell. Charlotte Bronte was only five when her mother died of cancer. In 1824, she and three of her sisters attended the Clergy Daughter's School in Cowan Bridge. The inspiration for the Lowood School in the classic Jane Eyre was formed by Bronte's experiences at the Clergy Daughter's School. Her two older sisters died of consumption because of the malnutrition and harsh treatment they suffered at the school. Charlotte and Emily Bronte returned home after the tragedy. The Bronte sisters fueled each other's creativity throughout their lives. As young children, they wrote long stories together about a complex imaginary kingdom they created from a set of wooden soldiers. In 1846, Charlotte Bronte, with her sisters Emily and Anne published a thin volume titled Poems by Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell. In the same year, Charlotte Bronte attempted to publish her novel, The Professor, but was rejected. One year later, she published Jane Eyre, which was instantly well received. Charlotte Bronte's life was touched by tragedy many times. Despite several proposals of marriage, she did not accept an offer until 1854 when she married the Reverend A. B. Nicholls. One year later, at the age of 39, she died of pneumonia while she was pregnant. Her previously rejected novel, The Professor, was published posthumously in 1857.

HELEN COOPER is the only illustrator ever to win the highly prestigious Kate Greenaway Award for two consecutive books: THE BABY WHO WOULDN'T GO TO BED, 1996 and PUMPKIN SOUP, 1998. She has had several other successful titles published by Doubleday including LITTLE MONSTER DID IT! and THE BEAR UNDER THE STAIRS, which won the Smarties Young Judges' Award in 1994. Both are now perennial favourites in nurseries, schools, libraries and bookshops. Helen is married to author/illustrator Ted Dewan. They have one daughter and live in Oxford.

Acknowledgements
General Editors' Preface
Introduction
Villette: the Romantic Experience as Psychoanalysis
Sexual Politics in Villette
The Buried Life of Lucy Snowe
Substance and Shadow: Reading Reality in Villette
'Faithful Narrator' or 'Partial Eulogist': First Person Narration in Bronte's Villette
The Reflecting Reader in Villette
Myths of Power in Villette
The Buried Letter: Feminism and Romanticism in Villette
'The Surveillance of a Sleepless Eye': the Constitution of Neurosis in Villette
Further Reading
Notes on Contributors
Index

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