The Professor was the first novel that Charlotte Bronte completed. Rejected by the publisher who took on the work of her sisters in 1846 - Anne's Agnes Grey and Emily's Wuthering Heights - it remained unpublished until 1857, two years after Charlotte Bronte's death. Like Villette (1853), The Professor is based on her experiences as a language student in Brussels in 1842. Told from the point of view of William Crimsworth, the only male narrator that she used, the work formulated a new aesthetic that questioned many of the presuppositions of Victorian society. Bronte's hero escapes from a humiliating clerkship in a Yorkshire mill to find work as a teacher in Belgium, where he falls in love with an impoverished student-teacher, who is perhaps the author's most realistic feminist heroine. The Professor endures today as both a harbinger of Bronte's later novels and a compelling listen in its own right.
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"I must keep to my own style and go on in my own way." - Jane Austen
I think The Professor is well worth a listen. No, it's not as good as Jane Eyre. But honestly, how many books are?
The similarities and differences to Jane Eyre are fascinating if you get into that sort of thing.
The story is good, but not as plot driven as many readers might wish.
I very much enjoyed James Langton's narration. In my opinion, his voice sounds similar to Simon Vance.
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