Introduction by Diane Johnson
Commentary by G. K. Chesterton, Virginia Woolf, Elizabeth Rigby, George Saintsbury, and Anthony Trollope
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.
Includes a Modern Library Reading Group Guide.
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.
Diane Johnson, a three-time National Book Award finalist (most recently in 1997 for Le Divorce), is the author of twelve previous books. She divides her time between San Francisco and Paris.
"At the end we are steeped through and through with the genius, the vehemence, the indignation of Charlotte Brontë."