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Description - Shirley by Charlotte Bronte

With an Introduction and Notes by Sally Minogue The 'Shirley' of the title is a woman of independent means; her friend Caroline is not. Both struggle with what a woman's role is and can be. Their male counterparts - Louis, the powerless tutor, and Robert, his cloth-manufacturing brother - also stand at odds to society's expectations. The novel is set in a period of social and political ferment, featuring class disenfranchisement, the drama of Luddite machine-breaking, and the divisive effects of the Napoleonic Wars. But Charlotte Bronte's particular strength lies in exploring the hidden psychological drama of love, loss and the quest for identity. Personal and public agitation are brought together against the dramatic backdrop of her native Yorkshire. As always, Bronte challenges convention, exploring the limitations of social justice whilst telling not one but two love stories. AUTHOR: Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855) was oldest of the three Bronte sisters to achieve fame. Her first published novel 'Jane Eyre' remains her most popular work, but her subsequent books, 'Shirley', 'Villette' and the posthumously-published 'The Professor' are all highly rated.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781853260643
ISBN-10: 1853260649
Format: Paperback / softback
(198mm x 129mm x 25mm)
Pages: 528
Imprint: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
Publish Date: 5-Aug-1993
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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