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Shirley n/e (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback – 8 May 2008
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From the Back Cover
Following the tremendous popular success of Jane Eyre, which earned her lifelong notoriety as a moral revolutionary, Charlotte Bronte vowed to write a sweeping social chronicle that focused on "something real and unromantic as Monday morning". Set in the industrializing England of the Napoleonic wars and Luddite revolts of 1811-12, Shirley (1849) is the story of two contrasting heroines. One is the shy Caroline Helstone, who is trapped in the oppressive atmosphere of a Yorkshire rectory and whose bare life symbolizes the plight of single women in the nineteenth century. The other is the vivacious Shirley Keeldar, who inherits a local estate and whose wealth liberates her from convention. A work that combines social commentary with the more private preoccupations of Jane Eyre, Shirley demonstrates the full range of Bronte's literary talent. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
The eldest of the three Bront? sisters, Charlotte is best known for her novel Jane Eyre, which was published under the pseudonym Currer Bell. Bront? s works were revolutionary for their time, reflecting a truthfulness about love and relationships that was not common in Victorian-era England. While Jane Eyre was, and continues to be, her most popular work, Charlotte Bront? published numerous works during her short life, including juvenilia, poetry, and the novels Shirley and Villette. Charlotte Bront? died in 1855, outliving both of her sisters, Anne and Emily. Collectively, the Bront? sisters novels are considered literary standards that continue to influence modern writers. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Moreover, I loved reading it on Kindle. It contained many archaic and unusual words and it was a delight to be able to simply hover over them, to obtain the meaning and origins from the in-built dictionary. Pity it didn't cover all the Yorkshire dialect though!
When this book was published several contemporary critics were somewhat negative, on the grounds that they felt that it wasn't as good as Jane Eyre, which had been published some two years earlier. I agree that it isn't as good, but in my view this isn't a reasonable basis for being negative: rather than comparing the book unfavourably with one of the best novels ever written, it is surely more appropriate to judge it in its own right. Viewed thus, in my view it has plenty going for it. It develops two principal themes. The first is feminism, which in various guises is an important part of the work of all three Brontë sisters but is especially important in Charlotte's books. If anything it plays an even stronger role in Shirley than in Jane Eyre.Read more ›
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I think most people will have read 'Jane Eyre' but few have come across 'Shirley'. I was made aware of it recently on a TV programme about the Brontes. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Margaret Clare Stoll
yet another book written by a victorian female Author about who is going to marry who and financial circumstances did they have no other subject matter? Read morePublished 1 month ago by bazquin
I am sorry to say that I haven't read it yet - but it sounds interesting.Published 2 months ago by perfume
I bought this edition because it has an excellent introductory essay by Andrew Hook, free of the irrelevant overlay of present day political views so often found in more recently... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I had never heard of this book before, but being a lover of Jane Eyre, thought I would try it. I love the wordiness of it and the description of how women were treated and thought... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mrs. E. E. Marshman
Interesting to read a different Bronte style - but tediously long and rather hard-going. The storyline is good politically but so wordy that it's easy to lose track. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sandy Kay