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Shirley

ISBN : 9780199540808

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¥1,463
Author: 
Charlotte Bronte; Margaret Smith; Herbert Rosengarten
Pages
624 Pages
Format
Paperback
Size
128 x 196 mm
Pub date
May 2008
Series
Oxford World's Classics
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You expected bread, and you have got a stone; break your teeth on it, and don't shriek...you will have learned the great lesson how to endure without a sob.'

Shirley is Charlotte Bronte's only historical novel and her most topical one. Written at a time of social unrest, it is set during the period of the Napoleonic Wars, when economic hardship led to riots in the woollen district of Yorkshire. A mill-owner, Robert Moore, is determined to introduce new machinery despite fierce opposition from his workers; he ignores their suffering, and puts his own life at risk. Robert sees marriage to the wealthy Shirley Keeldar as the solution to his difficulties, but he loves his cousin Caroline. She suffers misery and frustration, and Shirley has her own ideas about the man she will choose to marry. The friendship between the two women, and the contrast between their situations, is at the heart of this compelling novel, which is suffused with Bronte's deep yearning for an earlier time.

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Edited by Margaret Smith, Herbert Rosengarten, Executive Director and Professor, University of British Columbia, and Janet Gezari, Lucy Marsh Haskell Professor of English, Connecticut College

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