"e;Revolutionary...Bronte's most feminist novel."e;-Lyndall Gordon "e;Charlotte Bront has us by the hand, forces us along her road, makes us sense what she sees, never leaves us for a moment or allows us to forget her."e;-Virginia Woolf Shirley, the second published novel from Charlotte Bront, is a propulsive social narrative that exposes the discord between the sexes, classes, and economic structure of early 19th century England. Set in 1811-1812 during the strife of the industrial revolution, this classic novel is a story of love struggling against social unrest and the conventions of the roles of women.When Robert Moore, a struggling mill owner, decides to replace many of his employees with a new piece of machinery, a group of protesters destroys it before it is delivered. As the problems with his mill mount, he starts to become despondent. His cousin Caroline, a frequent visitor to the Moore home is infatuated with Robert, yet he also is inaccessible to her desires. When Caroline is eventually forbidden to visit the Moore home by her overbearing uncle, she is resolved to spend her life doing charitable work. Through her uncle, Caroline is introduced to Shirley Keeldar, a wealthy and independent woman who wants to donate her money to aid the poor. They become very close friends, and eventually Caroline is convinced that Shirley and Robert will marry. When the threats from laid-off mill workers increase, and soon after the mill is attacked, the conflicts of both love and class explode. With an eye-catching new cover, and professionally typeset manuscript, this edition of Shirley is both modern and readable.