Often acclaimed as her greatest and most mature work, Charlotte
Bronte's last, most autobiographical novel drew on her own unhappy
experiences as a governess in Brussels to create a powerful study
of unrequited love.
Charlotte Bronte (1816-55) was born in Thornton, Yorkshire, one of
an extraordinary group of siblings who spent their time immersed in
reading and writing and between them went on to change the nature
of English fiction. Publishing under the pseudonym Currer Bell,
Charlotte was a great friend of Elizabeth Gaskell, who wrote her
biography, as well as William Makepeace Thackeray and George Henry
Bronte's novels Jane Eyre and Shirley are also published in the Penguin English Library.