Villette was an 1853 novel written by English author Charlotte Bronte, published under her psuedonym Currer Bell. After a family disaster, Lucy Snowe travels from England to the fictional French city Villette to teach at a all-girls school. There she is drawn into adventure and romance. Villette was Bronte’s fourth novel and a re-working of her debut novel, The Professor, which was actually published posthumously in 1857. Technically Jane Eyre was Bronte’s first published work in 1847.