Jane Eyre
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Jane Eyre

By (author) Charlotte Bronte , Introduction by Michael Mason , Edited by Stevie Davies

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Part of "Penguin's" beautiful hardback "Clothbound Classics" series, designed by the award-winning Coralie Bickford-Smith, these delectable and collectible editions are bound in high-quality colourful, tactile cloth with foil stamped into the design. Charlotte Bronte's first published novel, "Jane Eyre" was immediately recognised as a work of genius when it appeared in 1847. Orphaned into the household of her Aunt Reed at Gateshead, subject to the cruel regime at Lowood charity school, Jane Eyre nonetheless emerges unbroken in spirit and integrity. How she takes up the post of governess at Thornfield Hall, meets and loves Mr Rochester and discovers the impediment to their lawful marriage are elements in a story that transcends melodrama to portray a woman's passionate search for a wider and richer life than that traditionally accorded to her sex in Victorian society.

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  • Hardback | 624 pages
  • 132 x 200 x 52mm | 680.39g
  • 27 Oct 2009
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • London
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0141040386
  • 9780141040387
  • 6,685

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Charlotte Bronte (1816-55), along with her sisters Emily and Anne, is one of the greatest novelists of the 19th century. She is also the author of Shirley, The Professor and Villette. Dr Stevie Davies is a novelist, critic and historian. She is Director of Creative writing at the University of Wales Swansea. She is the author of four books on Emily Bronte, three novels, and three books in the Penguin Critical Studies series.

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"At the end we are steeped through and through with the genius, the vehemence, the indignation of Charlotte Bronte."--Virginia Woolf"

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Jane Eyre is an orphan brought up by relatives who do not care for her. She is sent to a harsh institution where she works with diligence to gain an education and thus a means of independence. In her first position as a governess, she falls in love with her employer, Mr Rochester. A secret from the past prevents their marriage and they will not be united until Mr Rochester is a broken man.show more
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