Charlotte Brontë

  • Independence

  • ‘To myself alone could I look’

    In a cold, unfeeling world Charlotte Brontë’s heroines, Jane Eyre and Lucy Snowe, depend upon no one but themselves. In the face of hardship, from small sacrifices to great heartache, they cling resolutely to their principles of self-reliance. Follow Lucy to France and a career in teaching, whilst Jane’s intelligence draws declarations of love and offers of marriage. Both are the unforgettable creations of the deeply independent and brilliant Charlotte Brontë.

    Selected from Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre and Villette.


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RELEASED 05/03/2020

Charlotte Brontë was born in Yorkshire in 1816. As a child, she was sent to boarding school, where two of her sisters died; she was subsequently educated at home with her younger siblings, Emily, Branwell and Anne. As an adult, Charlotte worked as a governess and taught in a school in Brussels. Jane Eyre was first published in 1847 under the pen-name Currer Bell, and was followed by Shirley (1848), Villette (1853) and The Professor (posthumously published in 1857). In 1854 Charlotte married her father's curate, Arthur Bell Nicholls. She died in March of the following year.