Why I admire Charlotte Bronte
and her Characters
Lucy Snowe and Jane Eyre
Why are Charlotte Bronte’s books “Jane Eyre” and “Villette” my favorite books and why Charlotte my favorite Author.
Like most people – “I saw the movie before I read the book.” I know a lot of things can be lost, changed drastically and or completely omitted when you screen a movie that is a book. Sometimes you can hardly recognize the movie as coming from the same book!
Reading the books
For me as a legally bind person, it was very difficult to read the print version because of the size of the print. Most books are published in a print size is too small for me. For those of you who know print sizing, and font sizing – most standard books are usually in size 11 font or smaller.
I need the print size to begin at least a 18 to 20. That leaves out 99% of the printed books. [It is difficult to write pages as well, but I use equipment to help enlarge the screen.]
I started to listen to audio books more than 20 years ago [Yikes – almost 30!]. In the last 3 years I have read or listened to more books than I have ever read in my entire life. That is because I got the new Digital Talking book player from the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped [NLS.]
The Digital talking book player, the downloads and cartridges are all FREE. Your Doctor or caregiver can vouch for you as person who is print disabled or some other disability [like not able to hold books] that keeps you from reading standard print. The website has the form and the prerequisites.
Pre-digital audio books
Before the digital book player was invented and released in 2008, the NLS had 4 track audio cassette player. Before cassettes were invented they had plastic floppy ’33 1/3 records’ and before that they had real records. I came in at the beginning of the cassettes stage and the floppy records in 1985.
The digital age
I am so glad for the new digital talking book player. I just download books from the NLS website and add them to a USB special flash drive or thumb drive. You can see what the Digital Talking Book looks like in the link above.
Having the player I can now go back and read all my favorite books and the classics that I have missed!
Additionally I can copy and paste the free print books* from online and have them read to me with an audio program I got for free called NVDA – Non Visual Desktop Access reader. You can download it for FREE from this website: NVDA *see below for Bronte’s free books
Jane Eyre, Lucy Snowe and Charlotte Bronte
I read “Jane Eyre” and “Villette” three years ago and I immediately fell in love with the books!
I had screened most of the Jane Eyre movies at one time or another over the years. I researched information about Charlotte Bronte and her life and family from online. She became my new hero author.
I have found quite a lot about this subject and so this page has all the unique things that you may not know about Charlotte Bronte and or her books besides Jane Eyre. I have included every link I could find that I felt was appropriate for this subject.
After each section I will write why I admire Charlotte greatly. This is part one of three. Part two will be about Jane Eyre and part three will be about Lucy Snowe from the Book “Villette.”
books photo credit
The Bronte home where Charlotte was born
“The above photograph appears by courtesy of http://www.bronte-country.com and may not be used elsewhere without the express permission of the copyright owner.”
The Bronte home where all the Bronte Children were born is on Market Street, in the village of Thornton on the outskirts of Bradford. The town is in West Yorkshire, England. They all lived here until in 1820 they moved to Haworth in the Parsonage.
Photo credit of map of Bradford, West Yorkshire, England
The closest Thornton and Bradford is near Haworth at the very bottom of the map. The largest city in the area near Thornton is Keighley.
I admire Charlotte Bronte who used the area she lived in as a background for some of her books and poems. This first hand experience brings a true perspective to her books.
The East Lancashire Pennines and Pennie moors near her home were the background for her sister Emily’s book “Wuthering Heights” and Charlotte’s “Jane Eyre.”
USD $0.99 EBOOK: The life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell
This Ebook is 659 KB and had 297 pages – Author Elizabeth Gaskell had a very close relationship with Charlotte Bronte. A charge if USD $0.99 includes free wireless delivery via Amazon Whispernet.
I admire Charlotte and her friendship with Elizabeth who was a contemporary author. Elizabeth valued Charlotte’s literary opinion and sent her several of her draft transcripts.
Photo credit for The Parsonage
The Parsonage was built in 1779 in Haworth. The town of Haworth is on the edge of the Pennine Moors, West Yorkshire and East Lancashire Pennines Hills in the North of England.
The Bronte family moved into the home/Parsonage in 1820 and remained until Charlotte’s Father – Patrick Bronte – died in 1861. Charlotte’s husband, Arthur Bell Nicholls, moved into the Parsonage when Charlotte died to be a caregiver for Patrick who was blind by then.
This cross stitching and her sisters are at the Bronte Parsonage Museum.
The Complete works of The Bronte Sisters
Charlotte’s FREE EBooks to download
Click on the name of the book for link to download books for free.
1. Jane Eyre All books, including the three listed below here, are $0.00 includes FREE wireless delivery via Amazon Whispernet and are Text-to-Speech enabled.
2. Shirley 3. Villette 4. The Professor
DVD’s of The Bronte Sisters books
and Movies about the Brontes
The Bronte Collection consisting of the DVD “Jane Eyre” and “Wuthering Heights” – DVD can be purchased here. Photo credit here.
Photo credit: here
The Brontes of Haworth
This 2 disk DVD of some 260 minutes follows the lives of the Bronte Family. An intimate portrait in which we get to know each of the family members. This DVD can be purchased here.
photo credit here.
“Wuthering Heights” 1939 DVD can be purchased here.
How well do you know Jane Eyre?
This is a Fun quiz link.
Here is a teaser about Jane Eyre before you read my page about Jane!
I only missed two questions!
This online magazine, Stylist had a story recently about Jane Eyre. It included this quiz. Great photos as well!