Jane Eyre

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Jane Eyre
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Penguin Putnam
Charlotte Brontë's moving masterpiece ? the novel that has been "teaching true strength of character for generations" (The Guardian)

A novel of intense power and intrigue, Jane Eyre has dazzled generations of readers with its depiction of a woman's quest for freedom. Having grown up an orphan in the home of her cruel aunt and at a harsh charity school, Jane Eyre becomes an independent and spirited survivor-qualities that serve her well as governess at Thornfield Hall. But 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 whatever the consequences or follow her convictions, even if it means leaving her beloved? This updated Penguin Classics edition features a new introduction by Brontë scholar and award-winning novelist Stevie Davies, as well as comprehensive notes, a chronology, further reading, and an appendix.

For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.



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A gothic masterpiece of tempestuous passions and dark secrets, Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre is edited with an introduction and notes by Stevie Davis in Penguin Classics.

Charlotte Brontë tells the story of orphaned Jane Eyre, who grows up in the home of her heartless aunt, enduring loneliness and cruelty. This troubled childhood strengthens Jane's natural independence and spirit - which prove necessary when she finds employment as a governess to the young ward of Byronic, brooding Mr Rochester. As her feelings for Rochester develop, Jane gradually uncovers Thornfield Hall's terrible secret, forcing her to make a choice. Should she stay with Rochester 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 dazzled readers with its passionate depiction of a woman's search for equality and freedom.

In her introduction, Stevie Davis discusses the novel's language and politics, its treatment of women's lives and its literary influences. This edition also includes a chronology, further reading, an appendix and notes.

Charlotte Bronte (1816–55), eldest of the Brontë sisters, was born in Thornton, West Yorkshire. Jane Eyre was first published in 1847 under the pen-name Currer Bell, and was followed by Shirley (1848) and Vilette (1853). In 1854 Charlotte Bronte married her father's curate, Arthur Bell Nicholls. She died during her pregnancy on March 31, 1855. The Professor was posthumously published in 1857.

If you liked Jane Eyre, you might enjoy Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea, also available in Penguin Classics.

'At the end we are steeped through and through with the genius, the vehemence, the indignation of Charlotte Brontë'
Virginia Woolf

'Charlotte Brontë's heroine towers over those around her, morally, intellectually and aesthetically ... she takes a scalpel to the skin of the everyday'
China Miéville

'The masterwork of a great genius'
William Makepeace Thackeray



Baker & Taylor
Growing up in the home of a cruel aunt and a harsh charity school, Jane Eyre, an orphaned young woman, accepts employment as a governess at Thornfield Hall and soon finds herself in love with her employer, the enigmatic Rochester. Reprint. 17,500 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
Orphaned Jane Eyre grows up in the home of her heartless aunt, where she endures loneliness and cruelty, and at a charity school with a harsh regime. This troubled childhood strengthens Jane's natural independence and spirit - which prove necessary when she takes a position as governess at Thornfield Hall. But 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? Jane Eyre (1847) shocked readers with its passionate depiction of a woman's search for equality and freedom.
In her introduction, Stevie Davies discusses the novel's language and its literary influences. This edition also includes a chronology, further reading, an appendix and notes.

Publisher: London ; New York : Penguin, 2006
ISBN: 9780141441146
0141441143
Branch Call Number: CLASSICS FIC B
Characteristics: xlii, 578 p. ; 20 cm.
Additional Contributors: Davies, Stevie

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Orphan Jane Eyre arrives at remote Thornfield Hall to accept the post of governess to the ward of the brooding and enigmatic Mr. Rochester. Slowly they begin to fall in love and Jane begins to come out of her shell. However, ghosts and sins from his past threaten their future happiness. This is a... Read More »

Common Core Exemplar Appendix B: Gr. 11-12; New York State Recommended Curricular Title Gr. 10


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Dec 30, 2014
  • karatemaster rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Jane Eyre is definitely a classic! the characters are developed and the story was well written. Amazing book!

Dec 01, 2014
  • dbrh852 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This was a re-read for me...for about the sixth time in my life. It was wonderful to learn that I still love it after all these years!

Nov 15, 2014

Jane Eyre was a great read. Lately I found had myself reading books consisting solely of romance, with the woman having little or no plot outside her relationship with the guy. It was time for me to read something with a strong, confident, independent woman and this 19th century classic fit the bill. Jane Eyre is an orphan growing up with her aunt and their terrible kids, her childhood was pretty miserable, considering that they never considered Jane as an equal- let alone family. Jane grows up and becomes a governess, teaching a young French girl Adele in a beautiful big house. While working she falls in love with her master, Mr. Rochester, a quiet man who has many mysteries. But Jane can’t help but notice all the weird things going on, the eerie laughter the echoes through the halls, or how people get attacked at night. This is a love story, but it is also much more than that. Jane learns how to be comfortable in her own skin, and that her relationship with another individual is not going to define her. Jane is described as “plain and poor” but Bronte’s readers looked past the external, and we saw who Jane really was. A woman. A real woman, ready to make her own experiences and better her own life through hard work and not just by accepting a marriage proposal. Jane learns how to defy the social stereotypes of “what it means to be a woman” by really trying to be the best version of herself. Sure, everyone wants a great romance, and this book definitely has one but what sticks with me the most- and I think a lot of others as well, is that Jane Eyre shows woman that it’s okay to not be in love. That we are individuals, with our own stories to tell.

Sep 24, 2014
  • mvkramer rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of my favorite books of all time - unique because the heroine is NOT PRETTY! I love how Jane, throughout her whole life, has to be strong and learn to stand on her own -- even if it means giving up what she loves most. You will cheer for Jane.

Jul 27, 2014
  • chihi63 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

While practicing for the SATs, I came across passages from "Wuthering Heights" and "Jane Eyre." Because of these passages, I decided to read the books when I had the time to. Although "Wuthering Heights" was a bit disappointing, "Jane Eyre" was an amazing read. I think I prefer Emily's writing style to Charlotte's, but it became easier to read as I progressed through the book. The beginning was a bit slow, and I wanted to give up on some of the conversations, but it was worth it to trudge through. I couldn't believe the middle of the book was actually just the middle, because Emily could have easily just ended it right there. However, she threw in several rather unexpected events, and in some ways, I felt it made the book better than it could have been. It was more amusing towards the end anyway. I would definitely read the book a second time. Maybe during my second reading, the beginning will be less tedious, since I'm more familiar with the characters, and their actions might make more sense. Please read the book!! It really does deserve to be called classic literature (as of now, it's probably my favorite)!

Jul 09, 2014
  • aramonak rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

It was great to hear on NPR today that an updated biography of the Bronte family by Juliet Barker has come out. Sounds even better than the previous edition. I loved reading Jane Eyre and may have to take on the new biography; Jane is a powerful character as is Mr. Rochester. Their romance is compelling, mysterious, and it amazed me how both were so well portrayed throughout. This is not to say that I fell in love with either of them; they were perverse in ways I found annoying, but the characters were convincingly just that--seemingly real characters.

May 05, 2014
  • modelmalina rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a wonderful book to read. It's a classic that can be read over and over again. It is full of mystery, love and other emontions. You will not be able to get enough of it.

Nov 02, 2013
  • nontechmom rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a perfect novel. I've enjoyed it even better the second time I've read it.

Aug 26, 2013

I love this book!! It was a little boring at first but worth getting through! :D

Jun 14, 2013
  • JennyX rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I had to read this for English class during the school year. We started it around December 2012 and finished it around March 2013. Suffice to say, an already tedious and large volume was dragged out. My personal opinion on this book is that the plot is well constructed, but the excessive details are unnecessary. I understand that descriptions can add beauty, but in this case, it was overdone. The feminist undertones were also a bit overwhelming; Jane Eyre slightly reminds me of Lisbeth Salander from Steig Larsson's famous Millenium Series. In both novels, the main female protagonist is portrayed as overly independent in an attempt to portray feminism. However, I must say that Bronte did a great job in conveying Jane's thoughts to the reader. I was always able to understand why Jane did such actions because I could put myself in Jane's shoes. I recommend this book only because it is a classic, and you cannot call yourself educated unless you have endured this book.

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Dec 31, 2013
  • Purplekat7 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

"Reader, I married him."

Sep 24, 2012
  • Maggie_Rose520 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"I know what it is to live entirely for and with what I love best on earth. I hold myself supremely blest--blest beyond what language can express; because I am my husband's life as fully as he is mine. No woman was ever nearer to her mate than I am: ever more absolutely bone of his bone, and flesh of his flesh. I know no weariness of my Edward's society: he knows none of mine, any more than we each do the pulsation of the heart that beats in our separate bosoms; consequently, we are ever together. To be together is for us to be at once as free as in solitude, as gay as in company. We talk, I believe, all day long: to talk to each other is but a more animated and an audible thinking. All my confidence is bestowed on him, all his confidence is devoted to me; we are precisely suited in chatacter--perfect concord is the result."

Jul 16, 2012
  • re_discover rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Charlotte Bronte on morals:

"I care for myself....Laws and principles are not for the times when there is no temptation: they are for such moments as this, when body and soul rise in mutiny against their rigour; stringent are they; inviolate they shall be."

Jul 16, 2012
  • re_discover rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Charlotte Bronte on experience:

"I don't think, sir, you have a right to command me, merely because you are older than I, or because you have seen more of the world than I have- your claim to superiority depends on the use you have made of your time and experience."

Jul 16, 2012
  • re_discover rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Charlotte Bronte on feminism:

"Women are suppose to be very calm generally: but women feel just as men feel; they need exercise for their faculties, and a field for their efforts as much as their brothers do; they suffer from too rigid a restraint, too absolute a stagnation, precisely as men would suffer; and it is narrow-minded in their more privileged fellow creatures to say that they ought to confine themselves to making pudding and knitting stockings, to playing on the piano and embroidering bags. It is thoughtless to condemn them, or laugh at them, if they seek to do more or learn more than custom has pronounced necessary for their sex."

Jul 16, 2012
  • re_discover rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Charlotte Bronte on hate:

"It is not violence that best overcomes hate- nor vengeance that most certainly heals injury....Love your enemies; bless them that curse you; do good to them that hate you and despitefully use you."

Apr 25, 2011
  • étoile rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"Conventionality is not morality. Self-righteousness is not religion. To attack the first is not to assail the last."

Apr 25, 2011
  • étoile rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"Remorse is the poison of life."

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Jun 05, 2014
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Mr. Rochester guards a deep and dark secret...

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