The Professor . Emma, a fragment
Brontë / Regal 226 / 2. Obergeschoss
Although it was never published in her lifetime, "The Professor" was Charlotte Brontë's first novel, written two years after she had returned from her stay in Brussels as a pupil-teacher at the pensionnat of Madame Heger. While in Brussels she had fallen hopelessly in love with Professor Heger, and when she returned to England, heartsick, she found that her and her sister's prospectus for a boarding-school at the parsonage had elicited no interested enquiries. They then set themselves to write novels, hoping to earn their living by their pens and thus avoid the hated alternative of governess-work. When several publishers turned down "The Professor" as being too low-key, Charlotte pushed on with "Janes Eyre", which brought her success and fame. But "The Professor" remained a favourite with her all her life, and she never gave up hope of seeing it in print.
This volume includes the first two chapters of her unfinished last novel, "Emma", which shows something of the humorous, mature and socially aware novelist Charlotte Brontë had become.
Charlotte Brontë ; Introduction by Anne Smith
London, J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd.
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