Charlotte Brontë

Charlotte Brontë

Charlotte Brontë

Charlotte Brontë

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CHARLOTTE BRONTË, born in 1816 in Thornton, England, is revered as one of the great writers of the Victorian Age. During her lifetime, she gained much critical acclaim, a rarity for a female writer; her popularity has remained uninterrupted to the present day. When Jane Eyre was published in 1847, it was praised highly and read widely. The plucky heroine, Jane Eyre, is loved by readers for her independence, passion, truthfulness, goodness, and ability to triumph over adversity. Charlotte Brontë’s later books— Shirley, published in 1849, and Villette, published in 1853—although popular, did not elicit the great enthusiasm the reading public and the critics of nineteenth century England felt for Jane Eyre. Her only other major work, The Professor, her first written novel, was not published until 1857, two years after she died. One hundred fifty years after her death, Charlotte Brontë remains popular. Yearly, tens of thousands of people travel to Haworth, an out-of-the-way town in northern England, to visit the Brontë Parsonage Museum and to walk in the moors behind the house. Jane Eyre has been translated into many languages and made into a number of movies and television shows. Along with Villette and Shirley, it has also been adapted for the stage and radio. Charlotte Brontë has maintained her fame and literary status, has been hailed by feminists, and is regarded as one of the major novelists of Victorian England.

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