Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
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...the characters finding themselves in a much more inter-connected web of plots and similar traits as well as the foils of these characters create a unique taste to the story...


Charlotte Brontë’s most beloved novel describes the passionate love between the courageous orphan Jane Eyre and the brilliant, brooding, and domineering Rochester. 

The loneliness and cruelty of Jane’s childhood strengthens her natural independence and spirit, which prove invaluable when she takes a position as a governess at Thornfield Hall. But after she falls in love with her sardonic employer, her discovery of his terrible secret forces her to make a heart-wrenching choice. Ever since its publication in 1847, Jane Eyre has enthralled every kind of reader, from the most critical and cultivated to the youngest and most unabashedly romantic. It lives as one of the great triumphs of storytelling and as a moving and unforgettable portrayal of a woman's quest for self-respect.

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Charlotte Bronte, the third of six children, was born April 21, 1816, to the Reverend Patrick Bronte and Maria Branwell Bronte in Yorkshire, England. Along with her sisters, Emily and Anne, she produced some of the most impressive writings of the 19th century. The Brontes lived in a time when women used pseudonyms to conceal their female identity, hence Bronte's pseudonym, Currer Bell. Charlotte Bronte was only five when her mother died of cancer. In 1824, she and three of her sisters attended the Clergy Daughter's School in Cowan Bridge. The inspiration for the Lowood School in the classic Jane Eyre was formed by Bronte's experiences at the Clergy Daughter's School. Her two older sisters died of consumption because of the malnutrition and harsh treatment they suffered at the school. Charlotte and Emily Bronte returned home after the tragedy. The Bronte sisters fueled each other's creativity throughout their lives. As young children, they wrote long stories together about a complex imaginary kingdom they created from a set of wooden soldiers. In 1846, Charlotte Bronte, with her sisters Emily and Anne published a thin volume titled Poems by Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell. In the same year, Charlotte Bronte attempted to publish her novel, The Professor, but was rejected. One year later, she published Jane Eyre, which was instantly well received. Charlotte Bronte's life was touched by tragedy many times. Despite several proposals of marriage, she did not accept an offer until 1854 when she married the Reverend A. B. Nicholls. One year later, at the age of 39, she died of pneumonia while she was pregnant. Her previously rejected novel, The Professor, was published posthumously in 1857.
Published October 1, 2011 by Wordsworth Editions. 354 pages
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Reviewed by Sean Chumley on Apr 12 2011

Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre is deservedly a classic. If you want to see the new movie, I really hope you read the book first. You won't be disappointed.

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Reviewed by Ellen Micheletti on Jun 15 2013

I fell in love with the novel when I read it in high school and it remains one of my favorite books. There are few novels that have hit me with such force as this one, and few that I love to re-read as much.

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Reviewed by DANIEL HOPE on Apr 16 2014

It’s a classic, but there are so many flaws that it’s hard to understand why everyone clings to it so ferociously.

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Reviewed by Tafkas on May 30 2014

..."Jane Eyre" is simply a great story. It has all the good stuff - sarcasm, romance, a little bit of revenge, a dark, haunting, MYSTERIOUS top-secret SECRET, a creepy lady in the attic, a pimp...and two underdog heroes. Two!

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Reviewed by Ana S. on Sep 12 2008

...I found the story completely gripping, and I read this book much faster than I had imagined I would.

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Reviewed by Ebey Soman on Mar 09 2009

...the characters finding themselves in a much more inter-connected web of plots and similar traits as well as the foils of these characters create a unique taste to the story...

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Reviewed by Ali on Apr 04 2012

Trust me on this one, once you get past the boredom induced by the actual words on the page (sorry Charlotte, but you were just not that captivating) and start paying attention to the bigger picture, you will find yourself engrossed in a deliciously dark gothic novel and an epic love story.

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