As an orphan, Jane's childhood is not an easy one but her independence and strength of character keep her going through the miseries inflicted by cruel relatives and a brutal school. However, her biggest challenge is yet to come. Taking a job as a governess in a house full of secrets, for a passionate man she grows more and more attracted to, ultimately forces Jane to call on all her resources in order to hold on to her beliefs.
About the Author
Charlotte Bronte was born in 1816 in Haworth, Yorkshire. Her father, a minister, enforced strict, often cruel discipline. But when Charlotte's mother died in 1821, the Bronte children were left mostly to themselves, and Charlotte became an omnivorous reader. In 1835 she became a teacher and later a private governess. In 1846 she published a joint volume of verse by herself and her sisters Emily and Anne under the pseudonyms of Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell, which sold only two copies. Undaunted, Charlotte completed THE PROFESSOR, and a kind note from one publisher encouraged her to finish JANE EYRE, her most famous work (1847). In 1848 tragedy struck - her brother Branwell died in September, Emily in December, and Anne the following May. Though depressed, Charlotte persevered and wrote SHIRLEY (1849) and VILLETTE (1852). Charlotte Bronte married Arthur Bell Nicholls, her father's curate, in 1854 - a man she had once derided heartily. Lonely, still grief-stricken over the loss of her sisters, and beset by ill health, she died in March 1855.
"Marred only by the fact that Charlotte clearly liked Mr Rochester too much; but we can forgive her that. Often given to schoolchildren to read, but you have to be a grown-up to really get it. One of the most perfectly structured novels of all time" -- Sarah Waters "At the end we are steeped through and through with the genius, the vehemence, the indignation of Charlotte Bronte" -- Virginia Woolf "Jane Eyre's suspense-laden, melodramatic plot - featuring child cruelty and attempted bigamy, as well as the celebrated madwoman - explains much of its appeal... Jane Eyre is a book into which generations of readers have escaped. And yet it seems to provide something far more sustaining than the escapist fantasy... Her technical skill at writing the self in a first-person narrative is supreme, her words carefully chosen" -- Lucasta Miller Guardian "Charlotte Bronte was surely a marvellous woman. If it could be right to judge the work of a novelist from one small portion of one novel [JE], and to say of an author that he is to be accounted as strong as he shows himself to be in his strongest morsel of work, I should be inclined to put Miss Bronte very high indeed. I know of no interest more thrilling than that which she has been able to throw into the characters of Rochester and the governess, in the second volume of Jane Eyre" -- Anthony Trollope "Great genius" -- William Makepeace Thackeray
Series: Vintage Classics
Number Of Pages: 560
Published: January 2008
Dimensions (cm): 19.2 x 13.1 x 3.7
Weight (kg): 0.38