1) Jane Eyre
The Professor was the first novel Charlotte Brontë wrote, but was only published posthumously. It follows the journey of William Crimsworth into maturity, showing his loves and the path to his eventual career as Professor at an all-girl's school. The novel was largely influenced by Brontë's time in Brussels, where she fell passionately in love with her married language professor.
Charlotte Brontë's Villette is the gothic tale of Lucy Snowe, who travels to the fictional town of Villette in Belgium to teach at a girl's school. The book explores Lucy's psychological and cultural isolation, and her sense of patriarchal repression as she is drawn relentlessly towards love and adventure.
Shirley was the second published novel by Charlotte Brontë, after Jane Eyre. It is a social novel set against the backdrop of the Luddite uprisings in Yorshire after the Napoleonic Wars, particularly in the depressed textile industry. The novel's heroine is given a boy's name by her father, who expected a son. The novel's popularity turned the distinctly male name Shirley into a distinctly female one.
Fans of the Brontë sisters should add this remarkable volume of poetry to their must-read list. Initially released in 1846, this volume was the first work published by any of the sisters. In order to protect their identities and avoid the condescension often directed at female writers during the period, the Brontë sisters used gender-neutral pen names. Though the volume did not fare well commercially in its first printing, it became a success...