The Professor

The Professor


Introduction by: Heather Glen

Format
Paperback
Price
$12.00
 
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140433111
  • 320 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult

Overview

“The middle and latter portion of The Professor is as good as I can write. It contains more pith, more substance, more reality, in my judgment, than much of Jane Eyre.” – Charlotte Brontë

The Professor
was the first novel that Charlotte Brontë completed. Rejected by the publisher who took on the work of her sisters in 1846–Anne’s Agnes Grey and Emily’s Wuthering Heights–it remained unpublished until 1857, two years after Charlotte Brontë’s death. Like Villette (1853), The Professor is based on her experiences as a language student in Brussels in 1842. Told from the point of view of William Crimsworth, the only male narrator that she used, the work formulated a new aesthetic that questioned many of the presuppositions of Victorian society. Brontë’s hero escapes from a humiliating clerkship in a Yorkshire mill to find work as a teacher in Belgium, where he falls in love with an impoverished student-teacher, who is perhaps the author’s most realistic feminist heroine. The Professor endures today as both a harbinger of Brontë’s later novels and a compelling read in its own right.

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The Professor

The Professor

Charlotte Bronte, Introduction by: Heather Glen

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