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3.56  ·  Rating details ·  22,669 ratings  ·  1,537 reviews
The other day, in looking over my papers, I found in my desk the following copy of a letter, sent by me a year since to an old school acquaintance:—“DEAR CHARLES, “I think when you and I were at Eton together, we were neither of us what could be called popular characters: you were a sarcastic, observant, shrewd, cold-blooded creature; my own portrait I will not attempt to ...more
Hardcover, 269 pages
Published May 1999 by North Books (first published 1857)
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Ellie Really boring and not romantic at all. Obviously it's Victorian literature and you can't expect anything like explicit love scenes, but I found the lo…moreReally boring and not romantic at all. Obviously it's Victorian literature and you can't expect anything like explicit love scenes, but I found the love story completely empty and I'm so happy I'm done reading it. Nobody even seems to love or want each other all that much. What should be the most romantic, momentous scene can be summarized as: "Will you marry me?" "....Ugh okay fine, I'll live with you forever. I've always enjoyed your company."(less)
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Lorraine Yes, but I'm not exactly sure of the nature of their concern. They seem to think Hunsden might be shaping Victor in some negative way, "inciting [his]…moreYes, but I'm not exactly sure of the nature of their concern. They seem to think Hunsden might be shaping Victor in some negative way, "inciting [his] pride and [his] foibles," and it's enough of a concern that Frances is described as being extremely anxious about Hunsden's influence; however, this is related in a handful of paragraphs on the last page of the novel, and I don't think we're given enough information to really determine what they're concerned about.(less)

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La Petite Américaine
Every time I finish a Charlotte Bronte novel, my heart pounds and my mind is disoriented. After reaching the end of her stories, closing her pages for the last time, and remembering the long passages written out in long-hand, it's all like slowly surfacing from the depths of another world, and you're back home in reality, not quite sure you want to be there.

Although it doesn't have the exquisite tragedy of Villette or the kick-ass karate-chop combos of romance, ghosts, crazy ladies in the attic
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Professor, Charlotte Brontë

The Professor, A Tale. was the first novel by Charlotte Brontë. It was written before Jane Eyre, but was rejected by many publishing houses. It was eventually published, posthumously, in 1857.

The novel is the story of a young man, William Crimsworth, and is a first-person narrative from his perspective. It describes his maturation, his career as a teacher in Brussels, and his personal relationships.

The story starts with a letter William has sent to his friend Cha
Henry Avila
May 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Mr. William Crimsworth newly graduated from exclusive Eton College, writes a letter to his one and only friend Charles, about his adventures since both left the school ( Charles never receives it, having departed for parts unknown). William late mother was an aristocrat but having married "beneath her," had been shunned by her family, something common in the unforgiving mid 19th century England. His father was a wealthy businessman until going bankrupt also deceased. What to do? William has an o ...more
Sean Barrs
I think the best way of approaching this book is to look at is a learning curve for the author. The prose in Jane Eyre is sophisticated and eloquent; it is developed and persuasive: it is powerful, and a points simply beautiful. Charlotte’s writing in this just isn’t at the same level.

Perhaps it is because she writes from the perspective of male, a rather bland one at that. The point is there is little point to this book. Jane Eyre is rich in passion and argument. Charlotte was trying to ma
Barry Pierce
Charlotte's first attempt at a novel comes across as... well... an attempt. It can be clearly seen that elements from this novel reappear in both Jane Eyre and Villette. However this novel pretty much lacks everything that made both of those novels such classics. It's a basic 19th-century romance novel with Charlotte this time writing from a male POV. Even though this is the second shortest Brontë novel (Agnes Grey is the shortest) it still felt vastly overlong. While bits of humour seep in now ...more
The Professor is Charlotte Bronte's first written novel though not published till after her death. To me it is ironic, for I found a more interesting story here than in Jane Eyre.

The Professor tells the story of William Crimsworth whose circumstances turned him into a teacher and who with courage, perseverance, and self-control and by relying on his education, skills, and intelligence lifts him up from poverty and dependency. Simultaneously it is also a sweet love story. Though this is a short
Katie Lumsden
Oct 04, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5. An enjoyable read, though slow to start, and not as interesting as other Bronte novels for me.
I have always found Charlotte Bronte’s anger to be subversive. The rage that drives the machine, her understanding of the particular being so needlepoint sharp that it becomes universal.

But she hasn’t got it yet. Not here. It’s all the same material, the same sentiments we’re used to, but she is at once wearing too many masks to be truthful and speaking with the memory of slights too raw for them to be useful. She can’t quite name and point to the root of her anger yet- whether that’s because h
Aug 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: classic
In the midst of life, we are in death.

Charlotte Brontë died untimely, three weeks before her 39th birthday. The Professor, the first novel Charlotte had written, was published posthumously in 1857.

“A man is master of himself to a certain point, but not beyond it.”

Orphaned in infancy, William Crimsworth had been receiving meager support from his deceased mother's aristocratic brothers. Upon his graduation from Eton, William parts away, in contempt for his abhorrent uncles and seeks employment fr
Whispering Stories
This title was a lot harder going than I was expecting, being a lifelong fan of Jane Eyre. This is a fine example of an author honing their craft, knowing the masterpiece that Bronte would write later in her life.

The story follows William Crimsworth from his humble beginnings, to his career as a teacher and eventual marriage to the woman he loves.

Though intended to be a sympathetic hero, Crimsworth is very judgemental and xenophobic (he doesn’t think highly of women or anyone who isn’t English)
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic, fiction
This is Charlotte Bronte's first novel. She chose to write in a male voice with his concerns for a livelihood, his freedom to choose a vocation, authority to insist on compensation, and his refusal to accept and believe disrespectful pronouncements from others. His search for the employment that suited his soul continued his meeger existence, but his freedom to persist was unlike the females of the time.

It is for these reasons that Bronte chose a male persona for her debut. In 1846 the antithes
Skylar Burris
Dec 23, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
What if Jane Eyre had been written from the point of view of Rochester? Would he have seemed more manipulative, more self-centered? Would readers have allowed themselves to be swept away by Jane's passion, and to desire its fruition? In The Professor, Charlotte Bronte narrates the tale from the viewpoint of the male protagonist, and I must confess to finding him frequently unsympathetic. Without seeing this character from the eyes of his affection's object, it is difficult to appreciate him. He ...more
J.G. Keely
May 04, 2011 rated it liked it
This book starts off promisingly enough, but as the character grows less sympathetic and the plot draws out predictably, much of the charm is lost. Perhaps it was not unexpected that I would be drawn into the plight of a young, educated man thrust out alone into the world with no prospects, forced to work pointless jobs for frustratingly inept employers for subsistence. It mirrors not only my experiences, but that of most of my generation.

Unfortunately, our narrator becomes a rather stuck-up pri
Aug 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: brontes
Very early effort which reads like a practice run for later novels like Villette and Jane Eyre (which reminds me, I must read Villette again). It is an engaging first person narrative in which William Crimsworth describes his young adulthood and his attempts to earn his living.

We learn about his grim family and Bronte uses her experience teaching in Brussels when Crimsworth moves there to teach. Most of the novel revolves around Brussels and the world of the small teaching establishments. The no
Charlotte Brontë's first novel, and it shows. The book is rather cutesy: not in the tone but in the choice of the story. The characters are caricatures and not very sympathetic. The hero, in particular, is unattractive.
The whole thing is quite dull.
April (Aprilius Maximus)
DNF at 20%. The first 20% that I read didn’t hold my attention and I’d rather read something that I know I’ll enjoy rather than this which I already know won’t get more than 3 stars from me, ya feel me?
Mar 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The first novel by Charlotte Brontë, though not published until her death. It has been reviewed as a simple, unimaginative portrait of an English teacher's life in Brussels, an early attempt to what her best known novel Villette would later become.
I don't agree.
This work shines in itself, it's the only story in which Charlotte dares to talk through a man's voice. She talks about responsibility, about earning your own success through effort and sacrifice, to defy the strict clichés and the hypocr
I can see why Charlotte could never get this published. The Professor was her first outing as an author, or at least her attempted first outing. And oh my, does it read like a first attempt.

The way I see it, this is essentially poorly conceived Charlotte/Monsieur Heger fanfiction. For those of you who don’t know, whilst she was studying in Brussels, Charlotte became slightly obsessed with her (married) Belgian tutor, Monsieur Heger. She did eventually confess her feelings to him via a string of
Dannii Elle
Actual rating 3.5/5 stars.

It's no Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre, or The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, but is an enjoyable enough read and full of that Bronte knack for providing an in-depth societal examination without ever seeming to actually do so.
Iza Brekilien
Charlotte Brontë wrote my favourite book ever, Jane Eyre, so I really, really wanted to love this one too, but... The fact that I've already read it and completely forgot about it was a sign !

If you are familiar with her writings and her life, you will find some common themes here, including her weird inclination (but popular at the time) of physiognomy : you take a good look at someone, you know what they're worth, to sum it up. You find instructors, the craving to learn, to better your life an
Zsa Zsa
I didn’t ever think I will have to write a feminist review on any work of Bronte’s, but here I am.
I know Charlotte through Jane Eyre and I know her through Virginia Woolf. And we both agree that Charlotte is smart. Her ideas are smart, so are her word and her notions. This is all good, but personally I believe that smart people know better, that they cannot possibly be sexist or racist, even if they are bound by their geography and their time, I want to believe in a world where if your society i
This was Charlotte Bronte's first novel and certainly not one of her finest works. I can see why it was rejected by the publishers several times and was only published posthumously. The novel is narrated in first person by the protagonist, William Crimsworth. It is partly set in a fictional town of Yorkshire and the rest in the city of Brussels, Belgium.

The story has a promising start, but plunges into monotony as it progresses. The protagonist's opinion of the inhabitants of Brussels makes a re
Jazzy Lemon
What a sweet tale. No rags to riches story here, but one where the protagonist earns everything he has through his own means.
Jul 23, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2 1/2 stars for mind-numbing moralizing and an intolerance for any personality less than perfect.
I think I prefer the genesis of The Professor rather than the novel itself.
The fact that this is largely based on Charlotte Brontë's experiences as a student and teacher, as well as on her infatuation on a married Belgian professor, is very interesting. It's like merging yourself to the subject of your desire and giving a happy ending to both of you, as your fantasy would desire.
William Crimsworth, the main character, is a good representation of young people uncertain of their futures and his p
May 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
(Note to self: Approach posthumously published books with caution.)

This held a promising start for me—the description of William Crimsworth’s abuse from his uncles, his brother’s hatred, his sparse and tedious life as a clerk, and his relationship with the curious Mr. Hunsden.

Then it took a nosedive when he arrives in Belgium to work as a teacher. Charlotte lost me when she spent way too much time in condescending description of the country and each person William meets. I was bored and, frankly
Jovana Autumn
In retrospect, the thing that is the most special about this story is that Charlotte Bronte wrote it.

She is a terrific writer, she knows how to describe and capture the temperaments of many different types of people.

This book is about our main character William Crimsworth and his rise as the Professor. We follow his journey of self-discovery and maturing into a man he is and we follow his developing love towards two of the women in the book - Lady Reuter and the young teacher Frances. The first
Bojan Gacic
Sep 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
How wonderful it is to see a woman writing from a male perspective, and doing so with such authority, that we can simply nod in approbation. ''The Professor'' belongs to, what I like to call, the ''Austen/Bronte'' literary club, therefore, if one has experienced a novel belonging to the before mentioned group of socially and emotionally oppressed women, he/she will have an inkling of what's to come.

''The Professor'', besides the male protagonist, bears few dissimilarities to its predecessors. Ap
First novel written By Charlotte Bronte – I didn’t find it as sharp and powerful as Jane Eyre or Villette but still interesting to see how Charlotte Bronte approached the themes that she would revisit in her later work.
Charlotte Brontë's first novel, published posthumously, is both imperfect and intriguing. The themes that begin to crystallise her later work, Villette (and to some degree Jane Eyre) are evident here. She uses a male protagonist and the representation is heartfelt but also a bit of a caricature; her writing is beautiful and the obsession with freedom, meaningful work, and love as a meeting of minds, bodies, and souls is one that I've always loved in her work.

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Charlotte Brontë was a British novelist, the eldest out of the three famous Brontë sisters whose novels have become standards of English literature. See also Emily Brontë and Anne Brontë.

Charlotte Brontë was born in Thornton, Yorkshire, England, the third of six children, to Patrick Brontë (formerly "Patrick Brunty"), an Irish Anglican clergyman, and his wife, Maria Branwell. In April 1820 the fam

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