Jane Eyre: An Authoritative Text, Contexts, Criticism

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W W Norton & Company Incorporated, Jan 1, 2001 - Fiction - 534 pages
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To W. S. Williams, December 11, 1847 -- To W. S. Williams, August 14, 1848 -- To W. S. Williams, early September 1848 -- The Christian Remembrancer and The quarterly -- From The Christian Remembrancer, January 1848 -- The quarterly review, December 1848 / Elizabeth Rigby -- To W. S. Williams, January 2, 1849 -- To W. S. Williams, February 10[?], 1849 -- To W. S. Williams, August 16, 1849 -- From A word to The quarterly -- Charlotte Bronte and the critics, Charlotte Bronte: author and woman, First impressions of Charlotte Bronte, Charlotte Bronte at home, Charlotte Bronte's working habits / Elizabeth Gaskell -- Jane Eyre: The temptations of a motherless woman / Adrienne Rich -- A dialogue of self and soul: plain Jane's progress / Sandra M. Gilbert -- St. John's way and the wayward reader / Jerome Beaty -- Jane Eyre: hazarding confidences / Lisa Sternlieb -- The cinematic reconstitution of Jane Eyre / Jeffrey Sconce -- The pleasure of intertextuality: reading Jane Eyre television and film adaptations / Donna Marie Nudd.

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Classics are books which, the more we think we know them through hearsay, the more original, unexpected, and innovative we find them when we actually read them. - Italo Calvino, Why Read the Classics ... Read full review

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An excellent adaptation for English language learners. Kept the main plot lines of the story and even some of the original language. I really enjoyed the stills of the Orson Welles movie of Jane Eyre (1943); I had no idea this version existed and I have to watch it. Read full review

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About the author (2001)

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.

Richard J. Dunn is Professor of English at the University of Washington. His books include the Norton Critical Edition of Wuthering Heights , Approaches to Teaching Dickensrsquo;s David Copperfield , David Copperfield: An Annotated Bibliography , The English Novel , Twentieth-Century Criticism , Defoe to Hardy , and Oliver Twist: Whole Heart and Soul .

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