Jane Eyre (3rd edition)

ISBN : 9780198804970

Charlotte Bronte; Margaret Smith
576 ページ
129 x 196 mm
Oxford World's Classics



  • A lively introduction, focussing on the historical context of the compelling first-person narrative voice, and the striking physicality of the novel
  • Uses the authoritative Clarendon Edition edited by Jane Jack and Margaret Smith
  • Offers extensive and detailed explanatory notes and up-to-date Bibliography
  • Includes, as an appendix, the 'Opinions of the Press' (as printed at the end of the Third Edition)

New to this Edition:

  • Introduction by Juliette Atkinson, informed by the latest critical and scholarly thinking on the novel
  • New and expanded Notes

"Gentle reader, may you never feel what I then felt!"
Throughout the hardships of her childhood - spent with a severe aunt and abusive cousin, and later at the austere Lowood charity school - Jane Eyre clings to a sense of self-worth, despite of her treatment from those close to her. At the age of eighteen, sick of her narrow existence, she seeks work as a governess. The monotony of Jane's new life at Thornfield Hall is broken up by the arrival of her peculiar and changeful employer, Mr Rochester. Routine at the mansion is further disrupted by mysterious incidents that draw the pair closer together but which, once explained, threaten Jane's happiness and integrity. 
A flagship of Victorian fiction, Jane Eyre draws the reader in by the vigour of Jane's voice and the novel's forceful depiction of childhood injustice, of the restraints placed upon women, and the complexities of both faith and passion. The emotional charge of Jane's story is as strong today as it was more than 150 years ago, as she seeks dignity and freedom on her own terms. 
In this new edition, Juliette Atkinson explores the power of narrative voice and looks at the striking physicality of the novel, which is both shocking and romantic.


Charlotte Brontë
Juliette Atkinson, Lecturer in English Literature, University College London, and Edited by Margaret Smith

Juliette Atkinson is Lecturer in English at University College, London. She is the author of Victorian Biography Reconsidered: A Study of Nineteenth-Century 'Hidden' Lives (OUP, 2010) and French Novels and the Victorians (OUP, 2017). She has edited for Oxford World's Classics new editions of George Eliot's The Mill on the Floss (2015) and Silas Marner.