Jane Eyre

ISBN-10: 0393955893
ISBN-13: 9780393955897
Edition: 2nd 1987
List price: $10.00
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Description: The text reprinted in this new edition is that of the 1848 third edition text--the last text corrected by the author. "Contexts" includes eighteen new selections and two new subsections: "Charlotte and Jane's Illustrated Book" which includes a  More...

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Book details

List price: $10.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1987
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 512
Size: 1.18" wide x 0.47" long x 0.34" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

The text reprinted in this new edition is that of the 1848 third edition text--the last text corrected by the author. "Contexts" includes eighteen new selections and two new subsections: "Charlotte and Jane's Illustrated Book" which includes a letter from Bronte to her publisher W. S. Williams; "Vignettes from Bewick"; and "Charlotte Bronte and Bewick's "British Birds'" and "Charlotte Bronte as Governess," which includes letters to Emily Bronte, Ellen Nussey, W. S. Williams, and "The Governess-Grinders." "Criticism" collects six major essays on Jane Eyre, four of them new to the Third Edition. Contributors include Adrienne Rich, Sandra M. Gilbert, Jerome Beaty, Lisa Sternlieb, Jeffrey Sconce, and Donna Marie Nudd. A new Chronology and updated Selected Bibliography are also included.

Charlotte Bronte, the third of six children, was born April 21, 1816, to the Reverend Patrick Bronte and Maria Branwell Bronte in Yorkshire, England. Along with her sisters, Emily and Anne, she produced some of the most impressive writings of the 19th century. The Brontes lived in a time when women used pseudonyms to conceal their female identity, hence Bronte's pseudonym, Currer Bell. Charlotte Bronte was only five when her mother died of cancer. In 1824, she and three of her sisters attended the Clergy Daughter's School in Cowan Bridge. The inspiration for the Lowood School in the classic Jane Eyre was formed by Bronte's experiences at the Clergy Daughter's School. Her two older sisters died of consumption because of the malnutrition and harsh treatment they suffered at the school. Charlotte and Emily Bronte returned home after the tragedy. The Bronte sisters fueled each other's creativity throughout their lives. As young children, they wrote long stories together about a complex imaginary kingdom they created from a set of wooden soldiers. In 1846, Charlotte Bronte, with her sisters Emily and Anne published a thin volume titled Poems by Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell. In the same year, Charlotte Bronte attempted to publish her novel, The Professor, but was rejected. One year later, she published Jane Eyre, which was instantly well received. Charlotte Bronte's life was touched by tragedy many times. Despite several proposals of marriage, she did not accept an offer until 1854 when she married the Reverend A. B. Nicholls. One year later, at the age of 39, she died of pneumonia while she was pregnant. Her previously rejected novel, The Professor, was published posthumously in 1857.

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