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Smith, Margaret 1931-

Overview
Works: 53 works in 562 publications in 2 languages and 16,295 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Romance fiction  Novels  Domestic fiction  Autobiographical fiction  Historical fiction  Bildungsromans  History  Encyclopedias  Biographies 
Roles: Editor, Author, Author of introduction, Other, Contributor
Classifications: PR4167, 823.8
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Most widely held works by Margaret Smith
Shirley by Charlotte Brontë( )

66 editions published between 1979 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,377 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( )

64 editions published between 1978 and 2018 in English and held by 2,245 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."
Selected letters of Charlotte Brontë by Charlotte Brontë( )

22 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in English and held by 1,878 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 )

45 editions published between 2003 and 2018 in English and held by 1,691 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 Bronte( Book )

97 editions published between 1972 and 2019 in 3 languages and held by 1,376 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In early nineteenth-century England, an orphaned young woman accepts employment as a governess at Thornfield Hall, a country estate owned by the mysteriously remote Mr. Rochester
Selected letters by Charlotte Brontë( )

10 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 1,273 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 Letters of Charlotte Brontë : with a selection of letters by family and friends. Vol. 3, 1852-1855 by Charlotte Brontë( )

15 editions published between 2000 and 2017 in English and held by 1,126 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'
The tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë( )

10 editions published between 1993 and 1998 in English and held by 1,120 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 )

34 editions published between 1906 and 2017 in English and held by 947 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

William Crimsworth takes a job teaching at a boarding school in Brussels, where he begins a flirtation with the headmistress, Zoraide Reuter. Later William falls in love with the young pupil-teacher Frances Henri, only to find his courtship thwarted by Mlle Reuter's calculating jealousy
The letters of Charlotte Brontë : with a selection of letters by family and friends by Charlotte Brontë( Book )

20 editions published between 1995 and 2004 in English and held by 726 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this volume we share Charlotte Brontë's experience for four crucial years. The success of Jane Eyre and the strange power of Wuthering Heights made the 'brothers Bell' the 'universal theme of conversation'; but privately the family endured the deaths of Branwell Brontë in September and Emily in December 1848, followed by Anne's in May 1849. Haunted by the fear that she also would succumb, Charlotte found salvation in writing Shirley, published in October 1849, and comfort in her friendship and correspondence with Ellen Nussey, with her publishers-especially George Smith-with Mrs Gaskell, and (for a time) Harriet Martineau. She may also have received a proposal of marriage from Smith, Edler's manager, James Taylor
The poetical works of Robert Browning by Robert Browning( Book )

19 editions published between 1983 and 1991 in English and held by 724 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
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë( Book )

18 editions published between 1969 and 2017 in English and held by 215 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A troubled childhood strengthens Jane Eyre's natural independence and spirit - which prove necessary when she becomes governess at Thornfield Hall. When she finds love with Rochester, the discovery of his terrible secret forces her to make a choice
The letters of Charlotte Brontë : with a selection of letters by family and friends. Vol. 1, 1829-1847 by Charlotte Brontë( Book )

23 editions published between 1995 and 2017 in English and held by 107 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

`Men don't seem to understand making letters a vehicle of communication - they always seem to think us uncautious. I'm sure I don't think I have said anything rash - however you must burn it when read.' Despite the request, Charlotte Brontë's lifelong friend Ellen Nussey probably burnt very little of her correspondence, and in this edition, based as far as possible on original manuscripts, many confidential and outspoken letters are published in full for the first time.The present volume includes letters from Charlotte's childhood (the first written to her father in September 1829), and takes the reader up to the publication and review of Jane Eyre (1847). Early editions depended largely on bowdlerized or inaccurate copies, and even the much improved Shakespeare Head edition of 1932 suffered from limited access to manuscripts, owing to the nefarious activities of T. J. Wise. Since 1932 many more manuscripts have become available, and the present edition includes new letters, previously unpublished passages censored by Ellen Nussey or Mrs Gaskell, and full annotation. As well as Charlotte's own letters, a handful of important letters by friends and family relating to her or illuminating her correspondence are included, along with extracts from the diaries of Emily and Anne Brontë, Ellen Nussey, and Charlotte's rejected suitor Henry Nussey. The full Introduction includes an illuminating account of the early publication history of the letters, and biographical material on the main correspondents. Of particular interest in the notes to this volume are the extensive quotations from early reviews of Jane Eyre
The letters of Charlotte Brontë : with a selection of letters by family and friends. Vol. 2, 1848-1851 by Charlotte Brontë( Book )

17 editions published between 1995 and 2017 in English and held by 90 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 poetical works of Robert Browning by Robert Browning( Book )

15 editions published between 1982 and 2016 in English and held by 66 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

13 editions published between 1984 and 2016 in English and held by 62 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 )

12 editions published between 1990 and 2016 in English and held by 49 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Letters of Charlotte Brontë by Charlotte Brontë( )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 43 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
Villette : Oxford World's Classics by Charlotte Bronte( )

4 editions published between 2000 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 35 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
Letters of Charlotte Bronte, The by Charlotte Bronte( )

2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Some of the touching notes from Charlotte's bereaved husband and father, written in response to condolences on her death. Mrs Gaskell's graphic account of her visit to Haworth in 1853 forms one of the appendices; others provide the texts of fragmentary letters, identify known forgeries, and list addenda and corrigenda for volumes 1 and 2
 
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The Oxford companion to the Brontës
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VilletteSelected letters of Charlotte BrontëThe Oxford companion to the BrontësJane EyreSelected lettersThe Letters of Charlotte Brontë : with a selection of letters by family and friends. Vol. 3, 1852-1855The tenant of Wildfell HallThe professor
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Smith, Margaret 1931-...

Smith Margaret Middleton

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