Jane Eyre

Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Jane Eyre
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.

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.

Series that include this title

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


From Library Staff

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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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.

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.

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.

Sep 20, 2012
  • cmm740 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Well, I will be the first to admit that I am not usually a fan of the "classics." However, after much cajoling from a friend of mine, I finally decided to give it a read.

Much, much to my surprise, I loved it! This is a romance for people like me, who think themselves too cynical to like romance stories. Dark and brooding, it's unbelievable that it was published in the 1800s.

Aug 17, 2012
  • yve168 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

this was a beautiful book. the story was endearing to your heart and to your soul

Aug 14, 2012
  • Agent13 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of the early proponents of feminism, Ms. Bronte's themes shook up the establishment when this book was first published over a century ago. The story of how this book was brought to the public eye is interesting in itself (read the book jacket and the introduction for the details).
Don't let the "Classic" label fool you. This book is easy to read and is very thought provoking. I did have my dictionary near my side occasionally, though.

Apr 23, 2012
  • Stevenarntson rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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

"Reader, I married him."

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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Feb 21, 2011
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