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Written by the author of world-famous "Jane Eyre", "Villette" is considered to be one of the finest Charlotte Bronte’s works. The book tells the story of a young teacher at a girls school in the French town of Villette named Lucy Snow and is superbly told by Mandy Weston. This tale is of an inwardly emotional journey than anything eventfully culminating or epically engaging. Plot-wise, this merely treks the path of a young English woman completely alone in the world gaining her livelihood in a girls' school on the European continent. Affecting the treads of that path are those, come by choice or commitment, closest to her: her voyeuristic employer Madame Beck, friends - privileged & affectionate childhood companion Polly and conceited & light-headed fellow student Ginerva - the handsome & winsome Dr. John, and temperamental & eccentric professor M. Paul. It's truly an inward journey- a seeking and finding of one's own identity: the heroine - enthralled in a life as outwardly merciless as it is inwardly rich - is undeniably endearing, her story wrought with so many sparkles of pain, so few of bliss.
"Japanese imperial vellum edition, limited ... to one hundred and eighty numbered and registered sets ..." v. 1-2. Mademoiselle de Maupin.--v. 3. The grotesques: François Villon, Théophile de Viau, Saint-Amant, Cyrano de Bergerac, George de Scudéry, Paul Scarron.--v. 4. Travels in Spain.--v. 5. The romance of a mummy. Egypt.--v. 6. Portraits of a day.--v. 7. Travels in Italy.--v. 8. Fortunio. One of Cleopatra's nights. King Candaules.--v. 9. The Louvre. Leonardo da Vinci. Esteban Bartolome Murillo. Sir Joshua Reynolds.--v. 10. Constantinople.--v. 11. Spirite. The vampire. Arria Marcella.--v. 12. The quartette. The mummy's foot.--v. 13-14. Travels in Russia.--v. 15. Avatar. Jettatura. The water pavilion.--v. 16. A history of romanticism. The progress of French poetry since 1830.--v. 17-18. Captain Fracasse. pt. 1-2.--v. 19. Captain Fracasse. pt. 3. My private menagerie.--v. 20. Paris besieged.--v. 21. Miltiona. The nightingales. The Marchioness's lap-dog. Omphale: a rococo story.--v. 22. Jack and Jill. The thousand and second night. Elias Wildmanstadius. Daniel Jovard. The bowl of punch.--v. 23. Art and criticism. The magic hat.--v. 24. Enamels & cameos and other poems, tr. by Agnes Lee