In 1834 Charlotte Bronte and her brother Branwell created the imaginary kingdom of Angria in a series of tiny handmade books. Continuing their saga some years later, the five 'novelettes' in this volume were written by Charlotte when she was in her early twenties, and depict an aristocratic beau monde in witty, racy and ironic language. She creates an exotic, scandalous atmosphere of intrigue and destructive passions, with a cast ranging from the ageing rake Northangerland and his Byronic son-in-law Zamorna, King of Angria, to Mary Percy, Zamorna's lovesick wife, and Charles Townshend, the cynical, gossipy narrator.
Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855), sister of Anne Bronte and Emily Bronte. Charlotte's best-known book, Jane Eyre, appeared in 1847 and was soon seen as a work of genius. Jane Eyre was followed by Shirley (1848) and Villette (1853). The Professor was posthumously published in 1857.