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Smith, Margaret 1931-

Works: 50 works in 500 publications in 2 languages and 15,222 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Romance fiction  Bildungsromans  Novels  Domestic fiction  Historical fiction  History  Autobiographical fiction  Encyclopedias  Records and correspondence 
Roles: Editor, Author, Other, Author of introduction
Classifications: PR4167, 823.8
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Most widely held works by Margaret Smith
Shirley by Charlotte Brontë( )

57 editions published between 1979 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,258 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"When Shirley Keldar, an heiress, marries a tutor whose brother owns a mill introducing labor-saving devices, she helps the brother's campaign."
Villette by Charlotte Brontë( )

58 editions published between 1978 and 2018 in English and held by 2,103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Lucy Snowe, in flight from an unhappy past, leaves England and finds work as a teacher in Madame Beck's school in 'Villette'. Strongly drawn to the fiery autocratic schoolmaster Monsieur Paul Emanuel, Lucy is compelled by Madame Beck's jealous interference to assert her right to love and to be loved."
The letters of Charlotte Brontë : with a selection of letters by family and friends by Charlotte Brontë( )

34 editions published between 1995 and 2017 in English and held by 1,750 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume covers the period from 1852 until Charlotte Brontë's tragic early death in March 1855. We read of her long struggle to complete 'Villette', and her indignation when Harriet Martineau finds in it evidence that her mind is 'full of the subject of one passion - love'
Selected letters of Charlotte Brontë by Charlotte Brontë( )

18 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in English and held by 1,700 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"These letters give an insight into the life of a writer whose novels continue to be bestsellers. They reveal much about Charlotte Bronte's personal life, her family relationships, and the society in which she lived. Many of her early letters are written with vigour, vivacity, and an engaging aptitude for self-mockery. In contrast, her letters to her 'master', the Belgian schoolteacher Constantin Heger, reveal her intense, obsessive longing for some response from him. Other letters are deeply moving, when Charlotte endures the agony of her brother's and sisters' untimely deaths." "We learn also of the progress of her writing, including the astonishing success of Jane Eyre, and of her contacts with her publishers, including the young George Smith; and we recognize in her letters the life-experiences which are transmuted into the art of her novels. Contemporary society is described in her letters from London, when she writes of her encounters with famous writers and with critics of her novels. We hear too of her visits to an galleries, operas, and the Great Exhibition of 1851 at the Crystal Palace." "Dramatic letters written in December 1852 convey the 'turbulence of feeling' in the Haworth curate Arthur Nicholls' proposal of marriage to her and in Mr Bronte's violent reaction to it; and we subsequently hear of her secret correspondence with her suitor, her father's eventual consent, and her tragically brief but happy marriage, cut short by her death in March 1855"--Jacket
The Oxford companion to the Brontës by Christine Alexander( Book )

37 editions published between 2003 and 2018 in English and held by 1,594 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Publisher description: The Oxford Companion to the Brontes aims to provide both comprehensive and detailed information about the lives, works, and reputations of the Brontes--the three sisters Charlotte, Emily, and Anne, together with their father and their brother Branwell--all of whom were published writers. This is a unique and authoritative reference book for the research student and the general reader. The A-Z format, extensive cross-referencing, chronologies, illustrations, and maps, both facilitate quick reference and encourage further exploration. Entries are also designed to explore scholarly trends and to reflect contemporary directions in literary study. They offer insight into publishing history, biographical studies, collectors and museums, book illustration, and theoretical and critical approaches to the Brontes' writings. This Companion is not only invaluable for quick searches, but a delight to browse, and an inspiration to further reading
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë( Book )

103 editions published between 1969 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 1,495 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Jane Eyre is a novel of passion - of anger, defiance, and of overwhelming desire. No novel, before or since, has caught so precisely the complex emotions of childhood, where feelings of powerlessness can mix with rage, and a bitter sense of injustice. From the early scenes, where Jane is locked in the red room, and learns to defy her aunt, through the oppressive regime of Lowood School, we follow the turbulent swell of Jane's feelings. Her psychological struggles with Rochester, her Byronic employer, and St. John Rivers, her icy cousin, carry through the passionate contradictions of childhood." "Drawing on feminist and post-colonial theory, and Victorian medical writings on the female mind and body, this edition places Jane Eyre firmly within the context of nineteenth-century social and political culture. The text is that of the authoritative Clarendon edition."--Jacket
Selected letters by Charlotte Brontë( )

9 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 1,193 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Overview: Full of acute observations, pithy character sketches, and passionate convictions, the letters of Charlotte Bronte are our most direct source of information about the lives of the Brontes and our closest approach to the author of Jane Eyre. In them Charlotte writes of life at Haworth Parsonage, her experiences at a Belgian school, and her intense feelings for the Belgian schoolteacher, M. Heger. She endures the agony of the death of her siblings, and enjoys the success as a writer that brings her into contact with the London literary scene. Vivid and intimate, her letters give fresh insight into the novels, and into the development of her distinct literary style. The only available edition, this selection is derived from Margaret Smith's three-volume edition of Bronte's complete letters. In addition to Smith's Editor's Preface, the edition includes a critical introduction by Janet Gezari, who looks at the relationship between Bronte's letters and her fiction and how the letters add to the debate about her literary persona and the split between her public and her private life
The tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë( )

9 editions published between 1993 and 1998 in English and held by 984 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Anne Bronte's second novel is a passionate and courageous challenge to the conventions supposedly upheld by Victorian society and reflected in circulating-library fiction. The heroine, Helen Huntingdon, after a short period of initial happiness, leaves her dissolute husband, and must earn her own living to rescue her son from his influence. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall is compelling in its imaginative power, the realism and range of its dialogue, and its psychological insight into the characters involved in a marital battle
The professor by Charlotte Brontë( Book )

32 editions published between 1906 and 2017 in English and held by 942 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

William Crimsworth escapes a dreary clerkship in industrial Yorkshire by taking a job as a teacher in Belgium. There, however, his entanglement with the sensuous but manipulative Zoraide Reuter, complicates his affections for a penniless girl who is both teacher and pupil in Reuter's school. Also included in this edition is Emma, Charlotte Bronte's last, unfinished novel. Both works are drawn from the original Clarendon texts
The poetical works of Robert Browning by Robert Browning( Book )

18 editions published between 1983 and 1991 in English and held by 720 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Volume II contains Stafford, a play seldom reprinted, and Sordello, a poem commonly, but mistakenly, neglected as "unintelligible." The book looks at Browning's correspondence with Emily Hickey, the first editor of Strafford, and important copies of Sordello that help to shed light on Browning's attempts to revise the poem. Also included are such of the juvenilia that survive
The letters of Charlotte Brontë : with a selection of letters by family and friends. Vol. 2, 1848-1851 by Charlotte Bront©±( Book )

22 editions published between 1996 and 2017 in English and held by 100 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Despite Charlotte Bronte's entreaty to her lifelong friend Ellen Nussey to burn her correspondence, very little seems to have been destroyed, and in this fully annotated edition, based as far as possible on original manuscripts, many confidential and outspoken letters are published in full for the first time. As well as Charlotte's own letters from 1829 to 1847, a handful of important letters and diary extracts by her friends and family illuminate the writer's correspondence. This volume covers the period from her childhood up to the publication and review of Jane Eyre
The letters of Charlotte Brontë : with a selection of letters by family and friends. Vol. 1, 1829-1847 by Charlotte Bront( Book )

14 editions published between 1994 and 2017 in English and held by 89 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The poetical works of Robert Browning by Robert Browning( Book )

14 editions published between 1982 and 2016 in English and held by 58 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Letters of Charlotte Brontë by Charlotte Brontë( )

6 editions published between 1995 and 2004 in English and held by 46 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This final volume of Charlotte Bronte's letters covers the period from 1852, when she eventually completed Villette, to March 1855, when she died at the early age of 38. Published in January 1853, Villette reflects experiences and moods conveyed with sharp immediacy in the correspondence of the preceding years. In December 1852 one of her most dramatic letters described the crucial event in her private life: Arthur Nicholls's proposal of marriage, when, 'shaking from head to foot' he made her feel 'what it costs a man to declare affection where he doubts response.' Mr Bronte's furious opposition to the match was not overcome until 1854, the year of Charlotte's marriage on 29 June. In the all too few months before her death, she came to love and trust Nicholls, her 'dear boy' and her 'tenderest nurse' during her final illness. The letters in this volume include on the one hand Charlotte's brief curt note to George Smith on his engagement to Elizabeth Blakeway, and on the other a newly discovered letter describing with cheerful briskness Charlotte's purchase of her own wedding trousseau.; Complete texts of letters previously published inaccurately or in part provide valuable insight into her other friendships. Those to Elizabeth Gaskell in particular have an important bearing on our interpretation and assessment of her Life of Charlotte, published early in 1857; and the inclusion of Harriet Martineau's angry comments on the Life ('Hallucination!' [Friendship] was never attained.') enhances our understanding of Charlotte's break with Martineau after her review of Villette. The redating of a letter has shown that the long estrangement between Charlotte and her oldest friend, Ellen Nussey, caused by Ellen's hostility to the idea of Charlotte's marriage with Nicholls, lasted without a break from July 1853 until late February 1854. The volume includes
The Letters of Charlotte Brontë by Charlotte Brontë( )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 42 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The InteLex Past Masters Women Writers database The Letters of Charlotte Brontë is a complete electronic edition of The Letters of Charlotte Brontë, with a selection of letters by family and friends, edited by Margaret Smith and published by The Clarendon Press
The poetical works of Robert Browning. (Dramatic romances and lyrics, Luria, A soul's tragedy) and Christmas-Eve and Easter-Day by Robert Browning( Book )

9 editions published between 1991 and 2016 in English and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Villette. Oxford World's Classics by Herbert Rosengarten( )

4 editions published between 2000 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

I am only just returned to a sense of the real world about me, for I have been reading Villette, a still more wonderful book than Jane Eyre. Thus was George Eliot's response to Charlotte Bronte's dramatic Gothic exploration of a woman's rebellion against her constricting social environment. Set in a Belgian girls' school, it tells of Lucy Snowe's attraction to fiery, autocratic master Paul Emmanuel and headmistress, Madame Beck's jealous interference in their romance. The novel's blend of sombre vision and ironic and exuberant comedy make it especially appealing to the modern reader
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The Oxford companion to the Brontës
VilletteThe letters of Charlotte Brontë : with a selection of letters by family and friendsSelected letters of Charlotte BrontëThe Oxford companion to the BrontësJane EyreSelected lettersThe tenant of Wildfell HallThe professor
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