bookmate game
en

Charlotte Brontë

Charlotte Brontë was an English novelist and poet, most known for the novel Jane Eyre (1847), a strong narrative of a woman in conflict with her natural desires and social condition. She is one of the most famous Victorian women writers who experimented with the poetic forms that became the characteristic modes of this period. But after the success of Jane Eyre, Brontë gave up writing poetry.

Charlotte Brontë was the eldest of the three Brontë sisters whose novels became classics of English literature. Charlotte was not a successful poet in her day, and today she is still rightfully known for her novels rather than for her poems.

Brontë is an important figure in the history of 19th-century poetry because her career illustrates the shift in literary tastes from poetry to prose fiction.

"We read Charlotte Brontë not for exquisite observation of character — her characters are vigorous and elementary; not for comedy — hers is grim and crude; not for a philosophic view of life — hers is that of a country parson’s daughter; but for her poetry," wrote Virginia Woolf in her essay on Brontë.

Funny fact: critics considered the Brontë sisters as one person.

As we know, Charlotte was the most popular with readers, but Ann and Emily were the first to publish their works. The three girls sent their novels to publishers. The manuscript of Charlotte was rejected six times, but the younger sisters were luckier — their texts were accepted. Coincidentally, Jane Eyre, much later accepted for publication, appeared on bookshelves before Wuthering Heights and Agnes Grey — and immediately became a real bestseller of its time. Released somewhat later novels by Anne and Emily have not won the same favor of readers.

The phenomenal success of the elder Brontë has generated a lot of gossips. Some critics have argued that no sisters existed and that it was all a trick invented by the publisher, but in fact, the author of all three works was one woman, and Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë and Agnes Grey, the debut novel of Anne Brontë, were her less successful attempts to enter the world of great literature.
years of life: 21 April 1816 31 March 1855

Comics

Quotes

Alexandra Skitiovahas quotedlast year
“I grieve to leave Thornfield: I love Thornfield:– I love it, because I have lived in it a full and delightful life,—momentarily at least. I have not been trampled on. I have not been petrified. I have not been buried with inferior minds, and excluded from every glimpse of communion with what is bright and energetic and high. I have talked, face to face, with what I reverence, with what I delight in,—with an original, a vigorous, an expanded mind. I have known you, Mr. Rochester; and it strikes me with terror and anguish to feel I absolutely must be torn from you for ever. I see the necessity of departure; and it is like looking on the necessity of death.”
Alexandra Skitiovahas quotedlast year
but, sitting by him, roused from the nightmare of parting—called to the paradise of union—I thought only of the bliss given me to drink in so abundant a flow. Again and again he said, “Are you happy, Jane?” And again and again I answered, “Yes.”
Зина Пшенниковаhas quoted2 years ago
and a rain so penetrating

Impressions

b8627429365shared an impression2 months ago
👍Worth reading

This story is about a person named Jane that struggles through her nearly loveless childhood and becomes a governess at Thornfeild Hall.

  • Charlotte Brontë
    Jane Eyre
    • 11.3K
    • 990
    • 87
    • 359
    Free
  • Craig Arnoldshared an impression3 months ago
    👍Worth reading

    Really gives one hope

    angela “yoxxi” gayleshared an impression2 months ago
    👍Worth reading

    must read

  • Charlotte Brontë
    Jane Eyre
    • 11.3K
    • 990
    • 87
    • 359
    Free
  • fb2epub
    Drag & drop your files (not more than 5 at once)