Rejected by the publisher who took on the work of her sisters in 1846–Anne's Agnes Grey and Emily's Wuthering Heights–The Professor remained unpublished until 1857, two years after Charlotte Brontd's death. Like Villette (1853), The Professor is based on her experiences as a language student in Brussels in 1842. Told from the point of view of William Crimsworth, the only male narrator that she used, the work formulated a new aesthetic that questioned many of the presuppositions of Victorian society. Brontd's hero escapes from a humiliating clerkship in a Yorkshire mill to find work as a teacher in Belgium, where he falls in love with an impoverished student-teacher, who is perhaps the author's most realistic feminist heroine. The Professor endures today as both a harbinger of Brontd's later novels and a compelling read in its own right.