Collection : Classiques Petits Sujet : Roman, essai, document On sait le retentissement qu'a eu en Angleterre le premier ouvrage de Currer Bell: il nous a paru si digne de son renom, que nous avons eu le désir d'en faciliter la lecture au public français. Faire partager aux autres l'admiration que nous avons nous-même ressentie, tel est le motif de notre essai de traduction. Bien que ce livre soit un roman, il n'y faut pas chercher une rapide succession d'événements extraordinaires, de combinaisons artificiellement dramatiques. C'est dans la peinture de la vie réelle, dans l'étude profonde des caractères, dans l'essor simple et franc des sentiments vrais, que la fiction a puisé ses plus grandes beautés. L'auteur cède la parole à son héroïne, qui nous raconte les faits de son enfance et de sa jeunesse, surtout les émotions qu'elle en éprouve. C'est l'histoire intime d'une intelligence avide, d'un coeur ardent, d'une âme puissante en un mot, placée dans des conditions étroites et subalternes, exposée aux luttes de la vie, et conquérant enfin sa place à force de constance et de courage.
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Charlotte Brontë (21 April 1816 – 31 March 1855) was an English novelist and poet, the eldest of the three Brontë sisters who survived into adulthood and whose novels have become classics of English literature. She first published her works (including her best known novel, Jane Eyre) under the pen name Currer Bell.
Charlotte was born in Thornton, west of Bradford in the West Riding of Yorkshire, in 1816, the third of the six children of Maria (née Branwell) and Patrick Brontë (formerly surnamed Brunty or Prunty), an Irish Anglican clergyman.
In May 1846 Charlotte, Emily and Anne self-financed the publication of a joint collection of poems under their assumed names Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell. The pseudonyms veiled the sisters' gender while preserving their initials; thus Charlotte was Currer Bell. "Bell" was the middle name of Haworth's curate, Arthur Bell Nicholls whom Charlotte later married, and "Currer" was the surname of Frances Mary Richardson Currer who had funded their school (and maybe their father). Of the decision to use noms de plume, Charlotte wrote:
"Averse to personal publicity, we veiled our own names under those of Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell; the ambiguous choice being dictated by a sort of conscientious scruple at assuming Christian names positively masculine, while we did not like to declare ourselves women, because — without at that time suspecting that our mode of writing and thinking was not what is called "feminine" – we had a vague impression that authoresses are liable to be looked on with prejudice; we had noticed how critics sometimes use for their chastisement the weapon of personality, and for their reward, a flattery, which is not true praise."
Jane Eyre was published later and it tells the story of a plain governess, Jane, who, after difficulties in her early life, falls in love with her employer, Mr Rochester. They marry, but only after Rochester's insane first wife, of whom Jane initially has no knowledge, dies in a dramatic house fire. The book's style was innovative, combining naturalism with gothic melodrama, and broke new ground in being written from an intensely evoked first-person female perspective.Charlotte believed art was most convincing when based on personal experience; in Jane Eyre she transformed the experience into a novel with universal appeal.
Jane Eyre had immediate commercial success and initially received favourable reviews.
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