Jane Eyre

Charlotte Bronte; Margaret Smith
Pub date
Apr 2008
Oxford World's Classics
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'Such a strange book! Imagine a novel with a little swarthy governess for heroine, and a middle-aged ruffian for hero.' 
Sharpe's London Magazine 
(June 1855) 
Jane Eyre is an orphan grown up under the harsh regime first of her aunt and then as a pupil at Lowood Institution. She leaves to become a governess to the daughter of the mysterious Mr Rochester; gradually their relationship deepens, but Jane's passionate nature has yet to endure its deepest blows. 
In this new edition Sally Shuttleworth explores the power of a narrative that questions the rights of women, the nature of servitude and madness, martyrdom and rebellion in a story whose emotional charge is a strong today as it was more than 150 years ago. 
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Note on the text
A Chronology of Jane Eyre
Jane Eyre
Appendix: Opinions of the Press as printed at the end of the third edition
Explanatory Notes

About the author: 

Charlotte Brontë
Edited by Margaret Smith and with introduction and notes by Sally Shuttleworth, Professor of Modern Literature, University of Sheffield

"A good edition for undergraduates with accessible introduction and appropriate amount of scholarly apparatus." - Dr. Ema Vyroubalova, Trinity College Dublin

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