A gothic masterpiece of tempestuous passions and dark secrets, Charlotte Bronte's "Jane Eyre" is edited with an introduction and notes by Stevie Davis in "Penguin Classics". Charlotte Bronte 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 Bronte 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).
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Date of Publication: 29/06/2006