"At the end we are steeped through and through with the genius, the vehemence, the indignation of Charlotte Bronte."--Virginia Woolf
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Reader, I married him. A quiet wedding we had: he and I, the parson and clerk were alone present.
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Orphaned at an early age, Jane Eyre leads a lonely life until she finds work as a governess at Thornfield Hall, where she meets the mysterious Mr Rochester and sees a ghostly woman who roams the halls by night.
A young governess finds romance, mystery, and heartbreak when she accepts a position in the home of the brooding and arrogant Mr. Rochester.
Orphaned Jane Eyre grows up in the home of her heartless aunt and later attends a charity school with a harsh regime, enduring loneliness and cruelty. This troubled childhood strengthens Jane's natural independence and spirit - which prove necessary when she finds a position as governess at Thornfield Hall. However, when she finds love with her sardonic employer, Rochester, the discovery of his terrible secret forces her to make a choice. Should she stay with him and live with the consequences, or follow her convictions, even if it means leaving the man she loves? A novel of intense power and intrigue, "Jane Eyre" (1847) dazzled and shocked readers with its passionate depiction of a woman's search for equality and freedom.
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"Reader, I married him. A quiet wedding we had: he and I, the parson and clerk, were alone present."
Jane Eyre has enjoyed popular success and critical acclaim ever since its first publication. The novel charts the life of Jane, the eponymous heroine, through her difficult first years living with her cousins, then enduring the trials of Lowood school, before going on to work as a governess. This leads her to new experiences of love, family, madness, passion, violence and destruction, before she finally achieves the independence and happiness she yearns for. A romantic drama, a daring exploration of extreme psychological states, the story of a soul's search for salvation, the personal history of one of the best-realized female characters in English fiction, a proto-feminist call for emancipation - Jane Eyre manages to allow for all such diverging perspectives, while forming a perfect poetic whole.
The elder sister of Emily and Anne, Charlotte Brontë is most famous for her novel Jane Eyre. Based partly on her own experiences, this ground-breaking work introduced one of the best-loved heroines in modern literature. Countless critics have dissected the auto-biographical elements in Charlotte Brontë's works, but her writing speaks for itself, with Jane Eyre ranking as one of the most popular English novels of all time.
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A novel of high romance and great intensity, Jane Eyre has enjoyed popular success and critical acclaim ever since its publication in 1847. Jane's journey from a troubled childhood to independence - and her turbulent love affair with the enigmatic Mr Rochester - electrified Victorian readers with its narrative power.
With characters that are as unforgettable as the story they enact, and a striking use of language that amazed the readers of the day, Jane Eyre ranks among the most influential English novels ever written.
About the Author
Charlotte Bronte, born in 1816, was the sister of Anne and Emily. All wrote famous novels; none lived beyond the age of forty. The sisters were educated at home, and began to write elaborate stories about imaginary kingdoms. Jane Eyre was published under the pseudonym of Currer Bell. Two other novels, Shirley and Villette were published in Charlotte`s lifetime, and although all three achieved success at the time, she was regarded by some to have written too `emotionally` and `grossly` for a clergyman`s daughter. He died in 1854, shortly after her marriage to her father`s curate.