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The Professor : Penguin Classics - Charlotte Bronte

The Professor

Penguin Classics

Paperback Published: 23rd March 1989
ISBN: 9780140433111
Number Of Pages: 320
For Ages: 18+ years old

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The Professor (1857) was Charlotte Bronte's first and least regarded novel, rejected by all publishers during her lifetime and published posthumously by her widower A. B. Nicholls. Charlotte herself defended the novel passionately. "I said to myself that my hero should work his way through life as I had seen real living men work theirs -- that he should never get a shilling he had not earned." Indeed, William Crimsworth, the hero, is the self-made master of all his life's ambiguous fortune, including his career as a professor in Brussels, and his true love. Whatever the comparisons to Charlotte Bronte's other, more popular novels, The Professor deserves a closer examination and a new reader perspective.

About the Author

Charlotte Bronte was born at Thornton, Yorkshire, in 1816. Her mother died in 1821, and Charlotte, her four sisters, Maria, Elizabeth, Emily and Anne, and her brother Branwell were left in the care of their aunt, Elizabeth Branwell. Left to pursue their education mainly at home, all the Bronte children became involved in a rich fantasy life and Charlotte and Branwell collaborated in the invention of the imaginary kingdom of Angria. In 1824 Charlotte went with Maria, Elizabeth and Emily to a school for daughters of the clergy; her experiences there are fictionalized in the Lowood section of Jane Eyre (1847; written under the pseudonym of Cutter Bell). She wrote three other novels, Shirey (1849) Vilette (1853) and The Professor (published posthumously in 1857). She also made occasional visits to London where she became known to various writers, including William Thackeray and Elizabeth Gaskell. In 1854 Charlotte finally overcame her father's objections and married, but unfortunately she was to die in the following year.

Oxford World's Classicsp. ii
Abbreviations Used in This Editionp. vii
Introductionp. ix
Note on the Textp. xxviii
Select Bibliographyp. xxxii
A Chronology of Charlotte Brontëp. xxxv
Prefacep. 1
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Appendixp. 249
Appendixp. 249
Explanatory Notesp. 270
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ISBN: 9780140433111
ISBN-10: 0140433112
Series: Penguin Classics
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 23rd March 1989
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.24
Edition Number: 1

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