Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre

by Charlotte Bronte, F. H. Townsend (Illustrator)
Publisher: SeaWolf Press
Print-on-demand paperback, 460 pages
Price: $13.99

A nice edition with all 16 original illustrations by F. H. Townsend from the 1897 edition.

Orphaned Jane Eyre endures an unhappy childhood, hated by her aunt and cousins and then sent to comfortless Lowood School. But life there improves and Jane stays on as a teacher, though she still longs for love and friendship. At Mr. Rochester's house, where she goes to work as a governess, she hopes she might have found them—until she learns the terrible secret of the attic.

This version has:

  • All 16 original illustrations by F. H. Townsend from the 1897 edition. Don't be fooled by other versions with missing or made-up pictures.
  • A preface by Currer Bell.
  • Text that has been proofread to avoid errors common in other versions.
  • A beautiful cover based on a 1921 movie poster.
  • The complete text in an easy-to-read font similar to the original.

Jane Eyre was originally published as Jane Eyre: An Autobiography, under the pen name "Currer Bell", in 1847. The book follows the experiences of its heroine growing into adulthood and her love for Mr. Rochester, the brooding master of Thornfield Hall. The novel revolutionized prose fiction by being the first to focus on its protagonist's moral and spiritual development through an intimate first-person narrative. The book contains elements of social criticism, with a strong sense of Christian morality at its core, and is considered by many to be ahead of its time because of how the novel approaches the topics of class, sexuality, religion and feminism.

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