The Professor

The Professor

Book - 1994
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With an Introduction and Notes by Dr Sally Minogue.

The Professor is Charlotte Brontës first novel, in which she audaciously inhabits the voice and consciousness of a man, William Crimsworth. Like Jane Eyre he is parentless; like Lucy Snowe in Villette he leaves the certainties of England to forge a life in Brussels. But as a man, William has freedom of action, and as a writer Brontë is correspondingly liberated, exploring the relationship between power and sexual desire.

William's first person narration reveals his attraction to the dominating directress of the girls' school where he teaches, played out in the school's 'secret garden'. Balanced against this is his more temperate relationship with one of his pupils, Frances Henri, in which mastery and submission interplay. The Professor was published only after Charlotte Brontës death; today it gives us a fascinating insight into the first stirrings of her supreme creative imagination.

Publisher: Ware, Hertfordshire : Wordsworth Editions Limited, ©1994.
ISBN: 9781853262081
Characteristics: 199 pages ;,20 cm.

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julia_sedai
Jan 19, 2016

I recommend this book if you like Charlotte Bronte's other works. It's a bit different - told from a man's perspective, but well written and I liked the characterization a lot. There are a lot of similarities with Villette but this story has a happier ending. I loved the teacher-student relationship, although she was a little too deferential to him.

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hur74Vety
Sep 07, 2010

As Charlotte Bronte's first novel, it's not her best, but the language is compelling and vivid and the story is fairly interesting.

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