Charlotte Bronte was an English novelist and poet, the eldest of the three Bronte sisters who survived into adulthood and whose novels have become classics of English literature
A work that combines social commentary with the more private preoccupations of Jane Eyre , Shirley demonstrates the full range of Bronte's literary talent.
One is the shy Caroline Helstone, who is trapped in the oppressive atmosphere of a Yorkshire rectory and whose bare life symbolizes the plight of single women in the nineteenth century
Set in the industrializing England of the Napoleonic wars and Luddite revolts of 1811-12, Shirley is the story of two contrasting heroines
The other is the vivacious Shirley Keeldar, who inherits a local estate and whose wealth liberates her from convention