The Spell

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An ingenious, highly imaginative early novella, The Spell—a remarkable tale of love and jealousy, rivalry and thwarted ambition—is a testimony to Charlotte Brontë's craft as a writer. When the infant Marquis of Almeida is pronounced dead, the kingdoms of Wellingtonsland and Angria are deprived of their heir. Anxious to secure the nations’ future security, King Zamorna’s advisers entreat him to name his successor—and when Zamorna himself succumbs to a mysterious, life-threatening sickness, the need becomes more ...

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Overview

An ingenious, highly imaginative early novella, The Spell—a remarkable tale of love and jealousy, rivalry and thwarted ambition—is a testimony to Charlotte Brontë's craft as a writer. When the infant Marquis of Almeida is pronounced dead, the kingdoms of Wellingtonsland and Angria are deprived of their heir. Anxious to secure the nations’ future security, King Zamorna’s advisers entreat him to name his successor—and when Zamorna himself succumbs to a mysterious, life-threatening sickness, the need becomes more urgent still. Yet Zamorna remains strangely unperturbed. Confusion turns to political intrigue as those closest to him wonder exactly what it is he knows and who, precisely, are the mysterious characters surrounding him. English novelist Charlotte Brontë is best remembered for her perennially popular novel, Jane Eyre­.

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An ingenious, highly imaginative early novella, The Spell—a remarkable tale of love and jealousy, rivalry and thwarted ambition—is a testimony to Charlotte Brontë’s craft as a writer.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843911173
  • Publisher: Hesperus Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2005
  • Series: Hesperus Classics
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,479,330
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword vii
The Spell 1
Notes 131
Note on the text 133
Biographical note 135
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2008

    Charlotte wins again!

    Charlotte Bronte is an amazing author, and this book by her when she was young did not diasapoint me. It was wonderful to read and a compelling story from a beginning author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2006

    juvenalia, what can you expect?

    I was really looking forward to this book, having read the plotline ahead of time and thinking it sounded intriguing and entertaining -and of course, written by Charlotte Bronte! What I got instead was a plot that was so badly constructed and writing that was so muddled and confusing, and characters who had no memorable qualities whatsoever that I had a hard time finishing it. I give it two stars because it still has the germs of a talented writer - this book was one of Bronte's earliest, written at the tender age of 18 when she was still getting the knack. The most you'll get out of 'the Spell' is a study of the author's literary talent evolution.

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