Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte (Paperback)

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Product Details

Barcode
9780553211405
Department
Books
Released
1 Sep 1983
Supply Source
UK

Book

Authors
Charlotte Bronte
Kathy Mitchell (Illustrator)
Joyce Carol Oates (Introduction by)
Binding
Paperback
Publisher
Bantam Classic & Loveswept
Edition
Reissue
Language
English
Number of Pages
433
Dimensions
184 x 108 x 25mm (255g)

Annotation

  • A Victorian governess's love for her mysterious employer is threatened by the tragic secret of his mansion
  • A plain but spirited Victorian governess's growing love for her mysterious employer, the brooding Mr. Rochester, is threatened by the tragic secret of his mansion. Reissue.

Summary

Introduction by Joyce Carol Oates • Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read

Initially published under the pseudonym Currer Bell in 1847, Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyreerupted onto the English literary scene, immediately winning the devotion of many of the world’s most renowned writers, including William Makepeace Thackeray, who declared it a work “of great genius.” Widely regarded as a revolutionary novel, Brontë’s masterpiece introduced the world to a radical new type of heroine, one whose defiant virtue and moral courage departed sharply from the more acquiescent and malleable female characters of the day. Passionate, dramatic, and surprisingly modern, Jane Eyre endures as one of the world’s most beloved novels.

Fiction

General Subject
Literature/Classics
BISAC Subject 1
Fiction / Classics
BISAC Subject 2
Fiction / Classics
BIC Classification 1
Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
Library Subject 1
Love stories
Library Subject 2
Bildungsromane
Library Subject 3
Man-woman relationships - England - Fiction
Dewey Classification
823/.8

Author Bio

Emily Jane Bront 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 Bront . All five were poets and writers; all but Branwell would publish at least one book. Fantasy was the Bront 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 Bront 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 Bront '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 Bront 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."

Review Quotes

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