The Professor

Published: 
1857

Although this novel was published posthumously, it was actually Brontë's first novel. The book follows protagonist William Crimsworth as he grows up and becomes a professor at an all-girls school, becoming involved in a complicated love situation. Like Jane Eyre and Villette, the narritive is recounted in Brontë's classic first person style and is loosely based on her own expereinces as a student in Brussels. Much of the material from this novel was later reworked into Brontë's last novel, Villette.