2016年4月21日 星期四

JANE EYRE and VILLETTE (1853) By Charlotte Brontë


Everyman's Library
Today is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charlotte Brontë. Brontë was born in Thornton, West Riding of Yorkshire, England on this day in 1816.
"If there are words and wrongs like knives, whose deep inflicted lacerations never heal - cutting injuries and insults of serrated and poison-dripping edge - so, too, there are consolations of tone too fine for the ear not fondly and for ever to retain their echo: caressing kindnesses - loved, lingered over through a whole life, recalled with unfaded tenderness, and answering the call with undimmed shine, out of that raven cloud foreshadowing Death himself."
--from VILLETTE (1853)
Left by harrowing circumstances to fend for herself in the great capital of a foreign country, Lucy Snowe, the narrator and heroine of Villette, achieves by degrees an authentic independence from both outer necessity and inward grief. Charlotte Brontë's last novel, published in 1853, has a dramatic force comparable to that of her other masterpiece, Jane Eyre, as well as strikingly modern psychological insight and a revolutionary understanding of human loneliness. With an introduction by Lucy Hughes-Hallet. READ an excerpt here:http://knopfdoubleday.com/book/18832/villette/





BBC Culture
Charlotte Brontë was born 200 years ago today.

It is 200 years since the birth of Charlotte Brontë, who in Jane Eyre created one of fiction’s most memorable heroines. Samantha Ellis explains why some characters endure.
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Charlotte Brontë—and her heroine Jane Eyre—represented a new kind of woman, one for whom utterance was a necessity. "Something spoke out of me", says Jane, "over which I had no control". The beloved novelist was born on April 21st 1816

Charlotte Brontë was born on this day in 1816
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Today is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charlotte Brontë. Brontë was born in Thornton, West Riding of Yorkshire, England on this day in 1816.
"Gentle reader, may you never feel what I then felt? May your eyes never shed such stormy, scalding, heart-wrung tears as poured from mine. May you never appeal to Heaven in prayers so hopeless and so agonized as in that hour left my lips; for never may you, like me, dread to be the instrument of evil to what you wholly love."
--from JANE EYRE
Charlotte Brontë's most beloved novel describes the passionate love between the courageous orphan Jane Eyre and the brilliant, brooding, and domineering Rochester. The loneliness and cruelty of Jane's childhood strengthens her natural independence and spirit, which prove invaluable when she takes a position as a governess at Thornfield Hall. But after she falls in love with her sardonic employer, her discovery of his terrible secret forces her to make a heart-wrenching choice. Ever since its publication in 1847, Jane Eyre has enthralled every kind of reader, from the most critical and cultivated to the youngest and most unabashedly romantic. It lives as one of the great triumphs of storytelling and as a moving and unforgettable portrayal of a woman's quest for self-respect. READ an excerpt here:http://knopfdoubleday.com/book/18823/jane-eyre/

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