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Jane Eyre 3
Shirley 2

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The Professor 2
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Categorization is odious. There is tremendous overlap among genres. These pigeonholes are offered only as a convenience.

Charlotte Brontė

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ellen December 12th, 2005 12:28 PM PST

Of course one should start with "Jane Eyre," Charlotte Bronte's masterwork.

tim helck June 11th, 2006 10:51 AM PST

But some people will find it a bit over the top, and then they won't read anything else by her. If they start with "Shirley" which is a better book, then they will probably read "Jane Eyre" as well.


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Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855), English writer noted for her novel Jane Eyre (1847), sister of Anne Bronte and Emily Bronte. The three sisters are almost as famous for their short, tragic lives as for their novels. In the past 40 years Charlotte Bronte's reputation has risen rapidly, and feminist criticism has done much to show that she was speaking up for oppressed women of every age.

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