Initially published under the pseudonym Currer Bell in 1847, Charlotte Bronte's" Jane Eyre" erupted onto the English literary scene, immediately winning the devotion of many of the world's most renowned writers, including William Makepeace Thackeray, who declared it a work "of great genius."
Widely regarded as a revolutionary novel, Bronte's masterpiece introduced the world to a radical new type of heroine, one whose defiant virtue and moral courage departed sharply from the more acquiescent and malleable female characters of the day.
Passionate, dramatic, and surprisingly modern, Jane Eyre endures as one of the world's most beloved novels. This Modern Library Paperback Classics edition includes newly written explanatory notes.
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About the Author
Charlotte Bronte, (1816-1855) was an English poet and novelist best known for her novel Jane Eyre. After finishing school she took up as a governess to multiple families in Yorkshire, similar to her leading character Jane Eyre. She married Arthur Bell Nicholls in 1845. Charlotte and her unborn child died due to complication during her pregnancy.
Lucy Hughes-Hallett is a critic for <i>The Sunday Times</i> (London) and the author of <i>Cleopatra: Histories, Dreams and Distortions</i>. She lives in London with her husband and daughter, and is at work on a book about Gabriele d’Annunzio and the origins of Italian fascism.
"At the end we are steeped through and through with the genius, the vehemence, the indignation of Charlotte Brontë."