Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte, was published 171 years ago.  The story of the “poor, obscure, plain, and little” Jane who survived a harsh, unloved,  and lonely childhood has enthralled readers ever since, and her passionate nature, realized both in her rebellion against her oppressors and her love for Mr. Rochester, makes the novel a romantic classic.  When Bronte sent the manuscript to a publisher in August 1847, she chose the pen name Currer Bell, hoping to avoid prejudice against a female author. It had already been rejected five times, but Smith, Elder, and Company took a risk and published it.  Jane’s moral courJane Eyre book coverage, strong will,  and integrity were considered revolutionary and “unfeminine” by some critics when it was first published, but its depiction of a woman determined not to compromise her hard-won sense of self  has endured and seems most modern today.

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  1. There was a lot of speculation after it was published about whether it was really written by a man. Even her publishers didn’t know until about 1849 when she visited them in London. Pretty soon the word got out, which disturbed her and her family, who didn’t enjoy the loss of privacy.

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