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Charlotte Bronte's classic masterpiece, considered one of the true, great novels. This is the story of a plain, intelligent orphan in England, who is abused by the aunt she is sent to live with, then forced to attend a harsh school. Refusing to allow herself to be crushed by cruelty and heartbreak, she begins a quest for love and freedom. Join us for a must-read story, showing the true strength of the human spirit.
About the Author
Charlotte Bronte was born on April 21, 1816, in Thornton, Yorkshire, England, the third of six children. Charlotte's mother died when she was five, and the four sisters were sent away to private school, where they were abused. When a typhus epidemic hit the school, two of the sisters died and the three remaining sisters and their brother, were home-schooled from then on, by their father and aunt. Their father was so strict, that the children were forced to remain silent all day in a room together, so they developed fantasy worlds along with the Duke of Wellington. In 1833, Charlotte wrote a short story entitled "The Green Dwarf," which she published under the name Wellesley. She worked as a teacher from 1835 to 1838. In 1845, Charlotte published some of younger sister Emily's poetry in a volume with her own, and other sister Anne's under the names Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell. Bell was the middle name of Arthur Bell Nichols, the man whom Charlotte married in 1854. Only two copies of the work were sold. When a publisher contacted her, looking for longer works by Currer Bell, thinking this was a man, she sent him "Jane Eyre," based upon her personal experiences. The book broke new ground in being written from a female, first-person perspective, and became a hit. Although she began work on a second novel, when Emily, Anne and their brother died within eight months of each other, she stopped writing for an entire year, finishing "Shirley" in 1849. Charlotte's third novel, her last, "Villette" was published in 1853. In 1854, she became pregnant, but her health began to decline and both she and the unborn baby died, possibly from tuberculosis on March 31, 1855, at the age of 38, in Hayworth, Yorkshire, England.