Jane Eyre   -     By: Charlotte Bronte, Currer Bell, Joyce Oates
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Jane Eyre

Random House, Inc / 1981 / Paperback

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Hailed as a work of genius immediately after it was published Jane Eyre is still beloved today. The story of the poor, obscure, plain, and little governess who endured suffering at the hands of those who both despised and loved her, Jane's forceful passion and clarity of vision has left its mark upon literature. 493 pages, softcover.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 433
Vendor: Random House, Inc
Publication Date: 1981
Dimensions: 6.87 X 4.18 X 0.77 (inches)
ISBN: 0553211404
ISBN-13: 9780553211405
UPC: 076783004955
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Series: Bantam Classics

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Charlotte Brontë’s impassioned novel is the love story of Jane Eyre, a plain yet spirited governess, and her employer, the arrogant, brooding Mr. Rochester. Published in 1847 under the pseudonym Currer Bell, the book heralded a new kind of heroine—one whose virtuous integrity, keen intellect, and tireless perseverance broke through class barriers to win equal stature with the man she loved. Hailed by William Makepeace Thackeray as “the masterwork of a great genius,” Jane Eyre is still regarded, over a century later, as one of the finest novels in English literature.

Author Bio

Emily Jane Brontë was the most solitary member of a unique, tightly-knit, English provincial family. Born in 1818, she shared the parsonage of the town of Haworth, Yorkshire, with her older sister, Charlotte, her brother, Branwell, her younger sister, Anne, and her father, The Reverend Patrick Brontë. All five were poets and writers; all but Branwell would publish at least one book.

Fantasy was the Brontë children’s one relief from the rigors of religion and the bleakness of life in an impoverished region. They invented a series of imaginary kingdoms and constructed a whole library of journals, stories, poems, and plays around their inhabitants. Emily’s special province was a kingdom she called Gondal, whose romantic heroes and exiles owed much to the poems of Byron.

Brief stays at several boarding schools were the sum of her experiences outside Haworth until 1842, when she entered a school in Brussels with her sister Charlotte. After a year of study and teaching there, they felt qualified to announce the opening of a school in their own home, but could not attract a single pupil.

In 1845 Charlotte Brontë came across a manuscript volume of her sister’s poems. She knew at once, she later wrote, that they were “not at all like poetry women generally write…they had a peculiar music–wild, melancholy, and elevating.” At her sister’s urging, Emily’s poems, along with Anne’s and Charlotte’s, were published pseudonymously in 1846. An almost complete silence greeted this volume, but the three sisters, buoyed by the fact of publication, immediately began to write novels. Emily’s effort was Wuthering Heights; appearing in 1847 it was treated at first as a lesser work by Charlotte, whose Jane Eyre had already been published to great acclaim. Emily Brontë’s name did not emerge from behind her pseudonym of Ellis Bell until the second edition of her novel appeared in 1850.

In the meantime, tragedy had struck the Brontë family. In September of 1848 Branwell had succumbed to a life of dissipation. By December, after a brief illness, Emily too was dead; her sister Anne would die the next year. Wuthering Heights, Emily’s only novel, was just beginning to be understood as the wild and singular work of genius that it is. “Stronger than a man,” wrote Charlotte, “Simpler than a child, her nature stood alone.”

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"At the end we are steeped through and through with the genius, the vehemence, the indignation of Charlotte Brontë."—Virginia Woolf

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    March 18, 2010
    Rae Lavallee
    This is my favorite book ever! I actually got this edition at Borders. A warning to anyone unfamiliar with the story-do NOT read the introduction before reading the book! It gives away huge plot elements and surprises. I was very disappointed when I found out some things that would have been a great surprise. The story is so modern, passionate, and uplifting. Jane is someone to look up to. And Rochester, well...he sure beats Darcy in my opinion! ;) Towards the end it did get slightly boring. That was my only complaint. While reading this book, I cried, laughed, and sighed happily when it was romantic. This book definitely deserves a spot on your bookshelf!
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