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In the very last month before her death at the age of thirty-nine, at the height of her powers, Charlotte Brontë set the scene of a new novel called Emma. A child spiritually oppressed, a school run on shallow and mercenary principles, a brutish schoolmistress, a quiet observer of the injustice and cruelty--it contained the same preoccupations which elsewhere had called fo ...more
Paperback, 215 pages
Published August 1st 1983 by Bantam Books (first published 1860)
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Kaethe Douglas
Mar 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I am a fan of all 19th century novels named Emma.
Free download available at Internet Archive

The Works of Charlotte Bronte:
1. The Professor
2. Emma
3. Poems

This fragment, the last literary effort of the author of 'Jane Eyre', appeared in the 'Cornhill Magazine' fro April, 1860, preceded by the following introduction from the pen of its editor, Mr. W.M. Thackeray, entitled: - Tje Last Sketch.

Charlotte Bronte was only able to write two chapters of her last and unfinished work.

Clare Boylan wrote Emma Brown gave a final version of the above manuscrip
Kailey (Luminous Libro)
This book is a continuation of Charlotte Bronte's last writing before she died. She only finished the first two chapters of this book, and it has been finished by "another lady". I am usually skeptical about modern authors trying to finish work from a classic author, but this was well done.

The writing doesn't exactly mimic Charlotte Bronte's writing style, but it does a fair job. The themes and plot have many elements that I would expect to find in a Bronte story. There is a gothic moodiness, p
Rebekah Giese Witherspoon
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
The first two chapters were written by Charlotte Brontë shortly before her death, and this version of the novel was completed by Constance Savery in 1980. For details about the other version of this novel as completed by Clare Boylan in 2003, please see Emma Brown.

5 stars for Chapters 1 – 2 by Charlotte Brontë
The beginning of a masterpiece, Charlotte’s writing mesmerized me completely. As in Jane Eyre, Villette, and Shirley, she focuses on every woman’s need for a life purpose, the craving t
Aug 29, 2017 marked it as to-read
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Aug 28, 2007 rated it it was ok
It is unfortunate that Charlotte Bronte passed away before she could finish Emma. I would have liked to have read the story she wanted to tell.
This story, however, is merely tolerable. The reason for which can be laid entirely at the door of "Another Lady." I don't know what she was thinking; at times it almost seems as if the story is going to plunge into a gothic bodice-ripping romance instead of Bronte's moodier fare. Not that I have anything against bodice-rippers, I just prefer to have the
Sep 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
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Victorian literature is the literature produced during the reign of Queen Victoria (1837–1901), tend to be idealized portraits of difficult lives, perseverance and love in civil society….
The main elements in Victorian and pre-Victorian literature, are mostly hidden loves, jelousy, planned marriages for money and social positions, women’s situation both in family and the society, and the roll of Church which dominate all over the society. One can not deny the roll of Victorian novels, specially w
Jana Eichhorn
Oct 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Obviously, one can't really call this a book by Charlotte Bronte, as she only wrote the first two chapters before she died, and it was finished by "Another Lady" (Constance Savery) 100+ years later. As such, we have no way of knowing how Charlotte Bronte had planned on this story playing out, and I think we can safely assume that it would not have been identical to what the finished product turned out to be, but I think she would have been pleased with the result. Likeable protagonists, twisting ...more
Mar 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Is there a female alive that has not at some point been a bit of an Emma? And hasn't every female experienced bafflement due to an Emma placing her, at some point in her journey, in a situation with a member of the opposite sex that brought on a feeling of complete and utter mortification? THAT is why I love this book. I have lived the roles from various perspectives, and I have observed Emma in the lives of others. ...more
کرن گوھر
Aug 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was as well written as a Jane Austen. What a treat.
Apr 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
THis is a very short intro into what was to be Charlotte Bronte's last novel. Unfortunately she did not get very far into it before she met her untimely death. I have read "Emma Brown" which was taken from the first few chapters that Charlotte wrote and then made into a story that the new author came up with. I love Emma Brown, so I wanted to read what Charlotte herself had written. I really wish she could've finished Emma - I would've liked to see what her ideas for Emma and the other character ...more
John Hatley
May 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first time I've read an unfinished work, a fragment, that I really wanted so much to continue. It will of course have to remain a mystery, but even in its truncated form it is a very good representation of the characters, particularly of the headmistress Miss Wilcox. And, it is a very good introduction to the works of Charlotte Bronte. It's the first I've read of her books but it will not be the last. ...more
Aug 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I don't know why more people don't know about this book. I ran across it in a used bookstore and have loved it ever since! It was an unfinished fragment by Charlotte Bronte that was finished by "another lady"--real name unknown at ths point. Would make a great historical romance/mystery miniseries! ...more
Oct 21, 2009 rated it liked it
This is a partial manuscript at the end of The Professor
Tina Jones
Apr 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
There is a powerful man who helped me get my ex back even less than 12 hours faster. This is my story, I am with my ex and we have been together for about 20 years and will finally have agreed to get married and I was very happy when he told me that the will should get married and I was totally satisfied with the joy will finally marry the man of my dream ... A week before the day of our weed my ex called me and said that he could not continue the wedding, I was shocked and he ended the call. I ...more
R. A.
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
This’s the first novel I read by Jane Austen, wanted to start somewhere and I didn’t want to go with Pride and Prejudice for some reason, so I went with Emma and it was a decent choice. although I really like the novel, there were some cons that kind of spoiled the joy for me, one of them was the length of the novel. It is pretty long for an unknown reason, I don’t think that I need some of the chapters in this novel they’re in my opinion unnecessary. Other than that I think everything was quite ...more
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Brontë started writing it before her death, but she didn't make it far and most of the book was written by Another Lady.
Quite fast paced, lot of twists and turns typical to Victorian era. Writing style did remember Brontë, so kudos for that.
Must admit wasn't fan of the ending - seemed little bit odd that after everything Mrs. Chalfont and Martina forgave Emma so much that they named a new baby after her. But ok. What wasn't believable at all was Emma's, who showed from the start psychopa
Bexx Louise Bullock
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Capricious and petulant, interfering and vexatious, Emma isn't a typical Brontë heroine. The Brontës usually write admirable women, who suffer through the sexist landscape of their home with dignity. Emma is an exception, she's spoilt and arrogant, though not wholly irredeemable. She finally learns some humility, and begins to change her ways. Just when she thinks it's too little too late, she allows her heart to feel deeply and to see the truth of love. An elegantly written character who will i ...more
Yasmine Hamdy
Jun 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was hoping the writer would finish writing this short story. It would have been the most romantic book of all
A short, but nonetheless beautifully written story. It felt like a promising beginning to a complex novel. The plot reminded me of A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett, with a sprinkle of Agatha Christie in the mix.
Dare I say this? Even better than Jane Eyre. Emma is a MASTERPIECE. I wish that she'd been able to finish this before her death... Oh wait...

I only read the 20 pages that she (Charlotte) wrote.
Peter Prentice
Pleasant, short read, although not at all as to what I'm used to for Brontë. Yet, I can still taste her intense theological imagery and undertones. It would have been a pleasant change of style if she ever actuated this. ...more
Alenka of Bohemia
The book had a storng start and I admit that I have no idea where the original text started and the new one began. Unfortunatelly as the story went on it was turning out both predictable (in spite of the "twists") and the writing somehow lost all the flair..... Good attempt, but only OK as a whole. ...more
Nsikan Akpan
Dec 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Story would have been fire if Charlotte, herself, lived to finish it. Oh well...

It reminds me of A Little Princess with its all girls boarding school, partiality to student with wealth and neglect of girls without.
It's really unfortunate that she passed before finishing this book, I could tell this would've been a very successful one. I'm hoping to read the full book, with another author, soon. ...more
Maria Bixby
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Oh, I wish there was more than two chapters...
Emily Ward
Jan 03, 2019 rated it liked it
I only read the fragment by Brontë and it was just okay.
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I don't know why, but i find Emma a little annoying. ...more
Hassan Akbar
it's by Jane Austen, ki hoya tohanu ...more
Aug 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
It's an unfinished story she started writing before she died. It's a very intriguing beginning and I wish there was an end. ...more
Savera Maggie
Mar 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
It's about friendship turned love.Its narrated beautifully.try reading it. ...more
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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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