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Charlotte Bronte Books In Order

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Jane Eyre (1847) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Shirley (1849) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Villette (1853) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Professor (1857) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Emma Brown (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Selected Letters (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Charlotte Bronte, who lived between the early and mid-nineteenth century, was an English woman of letters. Bronte was born in April 1816 in Thornton upon West Yorkshire, in the UK, and passed away in March 1855. During her time, she was an acclaimed novelist-cum-poet, educator, and doubled up as a governess. She is a notable figure in the context of European literature and particularly Victorian literature.

Charlotte Bronte, who died of suspected tuberculosis or possibly typhus –the issue is controversial– in her late thirties, authored several standalone novels, an omnibus, collections, and nonfiction work. In fact, some of her work is juvenilia. At the time of her premature death, she was still pregnant. Bronte, who coauthored collections with her siblings namely Emily Bronte and Anne Bronte, adopted various pseudonyms during her writing career. She went by the names Currer Bell, Lord Charles Albert, and Florian Wellesley.

Section on Books
A number of Charlotte Bronte’s were produced posthumously, some of them as recently as early 2000s. Nevertheless, Bronte debuted in the late 1840s. There are over 2,170 editions of Bronte’s debut novel, which she originally published under the pseudonym Currer Bell. The first edition of her first book was initially published on October 1847, titled Jane Eyre; and the standalone novel is shelved under the literary fiction (especially British literature), Gothic fiction, romance, historical fiction (particularly Victorian), and feminism genres.

The featured central character is called Jane Eyre. Meet protagonist Jane Eyre. Eyre is a child character. She was orphaned at a tender age, after typhus claimed her parents’ lives. She is mistreated by her kith and kin, except a kind uncle who, unfortunately, has since died. She starts seeking solace in dolls and books.

The watershed moment in Charlotte Bronte’s debut novel, Jane Eyre, is when protagonist Eyre starts schooling. A relative who hates her exerts influence over the administration, prompting Eyre’s mistreatment. She ultimately quits schooling and is employed at the famed Thornfield Hall. Bronte creates a dramatic scenario wherein Jane Eyre is madly in love with her master, falls out of love, then falls in love again with the nobleman.

Charlotte Bronte Awards
Unfortunately for her, author Charlotte Bronte did not clinch a literary prize during her lifetime. However, she was awarded posthumously. In 2004, Bronte bagged the All About Romance Reader Award. In 2007, she clinched the said award yet again. In both cases, she won in the historical category, courtesy of her 1847 novel Jane Eyre.

Charlotte Bronte Books into TV Shows and Movies
There is a mind-blowing fact about the film adaptations of Charlotte Bronte’s timeless books; they have been produced consistently for over a century, dating back to 1910 to as recently as 2011. Incidentally, there are silent films, feature films, and television movies as indicated below.

These are the silent films titled Jane Eyre. The 1910 silent film called Jane Eyre starring actress Marie Eline and Irma Taylor, who played as Jane in various stages of growth. Frank Hall Crane played as Rochester. Jane Eyre (1914 film) starred especially actresss Ethel Grandin as Jane and actor Irving Cummings as Rochester. The 1915 film named Jane Eyre starred actress Louise Vale.

The 1921 film entitled Jane Eyre starred Mabel Ballin and Norman Trevor as Jane and Rochester, respectively. Other silent film adaptations of Jane Eyre include: the 1918 film called Woman and Wife, whereby Alice Brady and Eliot Dexter appeared as Jane and Rochester; and the 1926 film Orphan of Lowood where Evelyn Holt and Olaf Fonss appeared as Jane and Rochester.

The following are the feature films. Jane Eyre (1934 film) starred Colin Clive and Virginia Bruce as Rochester and Jane. Jane Eyre (1943 film) starred Joan Fontaine and Orson Welles as Jane and Rochester. Sangdil, a 1952 Hindi version of Jane Eyre, featured actress Madhubala. Shanti Nilayam, a 1969 Indian film starred Gemini Ganesan and Kanchana as Rochester and Jane. Charlotte Gainsbourg and William Hurt, appearing as Jane and Rochester, starred in Jane Eyre, a 1996 film. Lastly, the 2011 film named Jane Eyre featured actor Mia Wasikowska as Jane, Michael Fassbender as Rochester.

Many television movies titled Jane Eyre have aired on BBC, NBC, CBS, and A&E channel. They include;Jane Eyre (1949 TV movie, CBS) wherein Charlton Heston and Mary Sinclair as Rochester and Jane. Jane Eyre (1956 TV movie, BBC): Daphne Slater and Stanley Baker appeared as Jane and Rochester. Jane Eyre (1963 TV movie, BBC): Richard Leech was Rochester while Anna Bell appeared as Jane.

Jane Eyre, a TV movie produced in 1970, featuring Susanna York as Jane and George C. Scott acting as Rochester. Jane Eyre, a 1973 TV film, featured Sorcha Cusack alongside Michael Jayston who played as Jane and Rochester. Jane Eyrehead, a 1982 TV film on BBC, featured Andrea Martin as the heroine while Joe Flaherty was the hero. Jane Eyre, a 1983 series aired on BBC, featured Zelah Clarke and Timothy Dalton as Jane and Rochester, respectively. Samantha Morton (as heroine) and Ciaran Hinds (as hero) starred in Jane Eyre, a 1997 aired on A&E channel. Mia Wasikowska appeared as Jane while Michael Fassbender played as Rochester in the 2011 romantic film named Jane Eyre.

Best Charlotte Bronte Books
The following are the three best books in Charlotte Bronte’s bibliography. Ordinarily, Bronte’s debut, Jane Eyre, is the best. Another notable book is The Professor. This 1957 novel features a certain orphaned young man called William Crimsworth who relocates from England to Brussels to seek his fortune. The third one is called Shirley. In this 1849 book, Charlotte Bronte compares and contrasts two female characters: an irrepressible, empowered woman juxtaposed with a timid, socially oppressed and disempowered woman.

Other Book Series You May Like
Readers who liked Charlotte Bronte’s books also liked the following series of books. The first one is called Little Women, authored by Louisa May Alcott. This features four sisters during their adolescence, mischievous orphaned adoptees, and shipwrecked and heroic children. The second one is called Chronicles of Barsetshire, penned by Anthony Trollope. This chronicles clergymen and gentry’s actions and reactions concerning politics, romance, and social life in a fictional place called Barsetshire.

The third one is called The Queen’s Thief, a series authored by Megan Whalen Turner. It revolves around a master robber who is in a self-imposed predicament.

The third one is called Chronicles of Barsetshire, penned by Anthony Trollope. This chronicles clergymen and gentry’s actions and reactions concerning politics, romance, and social life in a fictional place called Barsetshire.

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