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The Collected Novels of the Bronte Sisters (Wordsworth Library Collection) [Hardcover]

Bronte Sisters
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5 Mar 2008 Wordsworth Library Collection

Jane Eyre ranks as one of the greatest and most popular works of English fiction. Although Charlotte Brontë's heroine is outwardly plain, she possesses an indomitable spirit, and great courage. Forced to battle against the exigencies of a cruel guardian, a harsh employer and a rigid social order which circumscribes her life when she becomes governess to the daughter of the mysterious, sardonic Mr Rochester.

Villette is based on Charlotte Brontë's personal experience as a teacher in Brussels. It is a moving tale of repressed feelings and cruel circumstances borne with heroic fortitude. Rising above the confinement of a rigid social order, it is also a story of a woman's right to love and be loved.

Wuthering Heights is Emily Brontë's wild, passionate tale of the intense and almost demonic love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, a foundling adopted by Catherine's father. After Mr Earnshaw's death, Heathcliff is bullied and humiliated by Catherine's brother Hindley and, wrongly believing that his love for Catherine is not reciprocated, he leaves Wuthering heights. When he returns years later as a wealthy man, he proceeds to exact a terrible revenge for his former miseries.

Agnes Grey, Ann Brontë's deeply personal novel, is a trenchant expose of the frequently isolated, intellectually stagnant and emotionally starved conditions under which many governesses worked in the mid-nineteenth century.

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall shows Ann Brontë's bold, naturalistic and passionate style. It is a powerful and sometimes violent novel of expectation, love, oppression, sin and betrayal. It portrays the disintegration of the marriage of Helen Huntingdon, the mysterious 'tenant' of the title, and her dissolute, alcoholic husband.

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  • Hardcover: 1488 pages
  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd (5 Mar 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840220759
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840220759
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 184,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Judge a book by its cover. 10 Jun 2013
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My wife loves reading and so over the last few years I've been building up a classic collection for her. The Wordsworth series of hardback books match well together and so are good left on the shelf too ;-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Library of 19th Century Literature 10 Jun 2013
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It is uneccessary for me to review the individual novels of Charlotte, Emily and Anne Bronte as they are all masterpieces. This is a short approval of the hardback itself of which I am highly satisfied. The cover is creative and attractive; the novels are placed in order of Author and of the year of publication.
Unfortunately this is not the kind of book you'd bring on a trip or a holiday as it is too big and heavy. But it certainly decorates any bookshelf on whick it sits ready to opened and enjoyed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful prose 14 April 2013
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This is a lovely collection! It begins with a very revealing biographical notice, written by Charlotte on September 19th 1850. The novels themselves vary in quality, but they are all beatifully written and give a great insight into the lives of these highly intelligent sisters. Anne's "Agnes Grey" is pretty much her own biography and illustrates the trials and tribulations of a 19th century governess. The Tennant of Wildfell Hall is a much darker affair, and despite Charlotte's view that "the choice of subject was an entire mistake" I found it truly engaging! Emily's "Wuthering Heights" is a complete one-off, and is remarkable for an "unlearned" country girl with no "worldly wisdom". We all know the story, and many have suggested that Heathcliffe was indeed Emily's alter-ego. Reading her poems gives a bit more insight into her nature. She was the fiery sibling - Anne the mild one! I have to say that "Jane Eyre" gave me the most pleasure. Here you have the essential combination of a great story written in florid, beautiful writing that shows Charlotte's command of language was second to none. "Villette" was a bit of a disappointment, storywise, but I never ever gave it up, due to her wonderfully descriptive writing. A highly recommended collection!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Novel 4 Mar 2010
This book is amazing. Although it is big, its light and the writing is good size. Also its a bargain...enjoyed reading it and and its a good book to just have on you're shelf for when ever your bored.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good standard, few minor faults 25 Feb 2013
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I was ecstatic to receive this book, as a small consolation for breaking my iPod (way saddening). I expected a beautiful and intricate binding of all my favourite novels, and whilst it wasn't everything I expected, it's really not all that bad. It's about the same size as a normal book -- I'm not talking pages, here -- and, really, it's not that heavy. I don't understand all this nonsense about it being 'too heavy to take on the train' etc, because I found it simple enough. It's not light, sure, but you're hardly carrying around all hardback editions of the bible. It's barely anything; man up and stop being such a princess!
Also, be careful of the surfaces you place this book on because all sorts of crap got stuck to the cover of mine.
Overall, it's a lovely book: upon arrival I noticed my pages were a little frayed the way pages do when they've been touched by water. I can't comprehend why this is; maybe I'm just being picky.
But these are small things in comparison with everything you're gaining: yes, Shirley isn't there, but it's £1.99 on Amazon. Buy it separately and stop being such a pussy. I love this book and it will withstand all episodes of boredom, lack of creativity and inspiration, etc. I love it. I don't regret the price I paid.

Thoroughly recommend.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brontė 8 Feb 2010
I love the Brontė sisters, they'r writting is easy and make the pages come to life, who dont want this book!?
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I had already read these works of course, in my youth in the Punic Wars, but I bought this collection for one of my daughters, who has made no complaint and iks therefore thoroughly satisfied
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