Enthralling masterpieces by the three most famous sisters in the history of literature: ? Wuthering Heights This powerful, stark novel by Emily Bront? is not just a classic; an authoritative poll honored it as the greatest romantic novel of all time. ? Jane Eyre Written in the form of an autobiography, Charlotte Bront?'s novel about a poor young woman's struggles with matters of the heart has earned a ...
Enthralling masterpieces by the three most famous sisters in the history of literature:
• Wuthering Heights This powerful, stark novel by Emily Brontë is not just a classic; an authoritative poll honored it as the greatest romantic novel of all time.
• Jane Eyre Written in the form of an autobiography, Charlotte Brontë's novel about a poor young woman's struggles with matters of the heart has earned a reputation as one of the most resilient novels of all time.
• Villette The subtle psychological portraits of Charlotte Brontë's third published novel have given it a place of honor among modern readers.
• Agnes Grey Though less famous and widely read than her sisters' novels, Anne Brontë's debut Agnes Grey won praise from one critic as "the most perfect prose narrative in English letters." The Barnes & Noble Classics series offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics series:
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Emily Brontë (1818-1848) published Wuthering Heights, her only novel, under the pseudonym of Ellis Bell in 1847—a year before her death at the age of thirty. She also published a volume of poetry under that pseudonym, together with her sisters Charlotte and Anne, entitled Poems by Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell.
Born in West Yorkshire in 1820, Anne Brontë was the youngest child in a family whose story became legendary. By the time Anne was five she had witnessed the deaths of her mother and her two eldest sisters. At nineteen, she left to become a governess, but was dismissed for tying her two charges to a table leg so that she would more space to write; the experience led to the novel Agnes Grey (1847). In her next stint as a governess, she observed the dissolute behavior of local gentry, which informed her novel The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. After leaving this position in 1845, Anne lived at home for four years, publishing a book of poetry with her sisters. A year after Emily and their brother Branwell died from tuberculosis, Anne too died of tuberculosis, at the age of twenty-nine.