'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
Appendix: Opinions of the Press as printed at the end of the third edition
"A good edition for undergraduates with accessible introduction and appropriate amount of scholarly apparatus." - Dr. Ema Vyroubalova, Trinity College Dublin