Monday, April 20, 2009

This Day In History: Charlotte Brontë

Tomorrow commemorates the birthday of famous 19th-century novelist Charlotte Brontë (1816). This British author is best known for her book Jane Eyre, but also wrote the novels Shirley and Villette. You may recognize the name of Charlotte's sister Emily, who wrote another novel considered significant for this period, Wuthering Heights. Charlotte aspired to open her own school and worked as a governess (tutor) in the homes of wealthy families. Unfortunately, after achieving moderate success with the publication of her books, she passed away after a difficult pregnancy.

The NCC Libraries contain a variety of works by and about Charlotte Brontë:

Jane Eyre
by Charlotte Brontë
PR 4167 .J36 2005 Stacks (also available as an e-book)

Jane Eyre [film adaptation]
Produced for the television series “Masterpiece Theatre”
Starring Toby Stephens, Ruth Wilson and Francesca Annis
PR 4167 .J363 2007 (DVD) Media Tower

by Charlotte Brontë
PR 4167 .V5 1998

Emma Brown
by Clare Boylan
PR 6052 .O9193 E47 2004 Browsing section (McNaughton Leisure Reading Collection)
This book is based on an unfinished manuscript that was discovered after Charlotte Brontë’s death. Another author finished the novel.

Understanding Jane Eyre: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents

by Debra Teachman
PR 4167 .J3 T43 2001 Stacks, Main and Monroe (also available as an e-book)

Charlotte Brontë: The Evolution of Genius

by Winifred Gérin
PR 4168 .G4 Stacks

Charlotte and Emily Brontë

by Norman Sherry
PR 4168 .S36 1970 Stacks

British Women Fiction Writers of the 19th Century

by Harold Bloom
PR 868 .W6 B75 1998 Stacks, Main and Monroe

Source consulted:

“Brontë, Charlotte.” Encyclopædia Britannica. 2009. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. 11 Feb. 2009. <>.

Illustration credit:

“Brontë, Charlotte.” Online photograph. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. 11 Feb. 2009. <>.

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