Shirley

Shirley Following the tremendous popular success of Jane Eyre which earned her lifelong notoriety as a moral revolutionary Charlotte Bront vowed to write a sweeping social chronicle that focused on somethin

  • Title: Shirley
  • Author: Charlotte Brontë Lucasta Miller collaborative Jessica Cox
  • ISBN: 9780141439860
  • Page: 145
  • Format: Paperback
  • Following the tremendous popular success of Jane Eyre, which earned her lifelong notoriety as a moral revolutionary, Charlotte Bront 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 contraFollowing the tremendous popular success of Jane Eyre, which earned her lifelong notoriety as a moral revolutionary, Charlotte Bront 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 private preoccupations of Jane Eyre, Shirley demonstrates the full range of Bront s literary talent Shirley is a revolutionary novel, wrote Bront biographer Lyndall Gordon Shirley follows Jane Eyre as a new exemplar but so much a forerunner of the feminist of the later twentieth century that it is hard to believe in her actual existence in 1811 12 She is a theoretic possibility what a woman might be if she combined independence and means of her own with intellect Charlotte Bront imagined a new form of power, equal to that of men, in a confident young woman whose extraordinary freedom has accustomed her to think for herself.Shirley is Bront s most feminist novel.

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