'You expected bread, and you have got a stone; break your teeth on it, and don't will have learned the great lesson how to endure without a sob.'

Shirley is Charlotte Bronte's only historical novel and her most topical one. Written at a time of social unrest, it is set during the period of the Napoleonic Wars, when economic hardship led to riots in the woollen district of Yorkshire. A mill-owner, Robert Moore, is determined to introduce new machinery despite fierce opposition from his workers; he ignores their suffering, and puts his own life at risk. Robert sees marriage to the wealthy Shirley Keeldar as the solution to
his difficulties, but he loves his cousin Caroline. She suffers misery and frustration, and Shirley has her own ideas about the man she will choose to marry. The friendship between the two women, and the contrast between their situations, is at the heart of this compelling novel, which is suffused with Bronte's deep
yearning for an earlier time.
ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Similar Books

ISBN 10: 0199536678
ISBN 13: 9780199536672

09 Sep 2008
Charlotte Bronte

ISBN 10: 0192827634
ISBN 13: 9780192827630

20 Jan 2011
Christine Alexander

ISBN 10: 0199536651
ISBN 13: 9780199536658

01 Dec 2010
Charlotte Bronte

ISBN 10: 1784872393
ISBN 13: 9781784872397

01 Oct 2017
Anne Brontë

ISBN 10: 0199535558
ISBN 13: 9780199535552

25 Aug 2008
Jane Austen

ISBN 10: 0199558302
ISBN 13: 9780199558308

01 Jul 2011
Elizabeth Gaskell

ISBN 10: 0141395117
ISBN 13: 9780141395111

16 Feb 2016
Jane Austen

ISBN 10: 0141199563
ISBN 13: 9780141199566

26 Jul 2012
Charles Dickens

ISBN 10: 0140434798
ISBN 13: 9780140434798

28 Dec 2004
Charlotte Bronte

ISBN 10: 0553211404
ISBN 13: 9780553211405

01 May 1994
Charlotte Bronte

ISBN 10: 1853264881
ISBN 13: 9781853264887

01 Dec 1999
Anne Brontë

ISBN 10: 0141439548
ISBN 13: 9780141439549

25 Mar 2003
George Eliot