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.
Heather Glen is a Fellow of New Hall, Cambridge, and Reader in Nineteenth-Century Literature at the University of Cambridge. She is editor of the Penguin Classics edition of Charlotte Bronte's The Professor and of The Cambridge Companion to the Brontes. Her most recent book is Charlotte Bronte: the Imagination in History (CUP, 2002).