Jane Eyre (Steck-Vaughn Short Classics)

Jane Eyre (Steck-Vaughn Short Classics)


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Initially published under the pseudonym Currer Bell in 1847, Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre erupted onto the English literary scene, immediately winning the devotion of many of the world's most renowned writers, including William Makepeace Thackeray, who declared it a work "of great genius." Passionate, dramatic, and surprisingly modern, Jane Eyre endures as one of the world's most beloved novels. This Modern Library Paperback Classics edition includes a new Introduction by Diane Johnson, the National Book Award-nominated author of many novels, including Le Mariage and Le Divorce.

The timeless story of Jane Eyre has arrived on Broadway as a spectacular new musical from an all-star production team, consisting of John Caird (Les Misérables, Nicholas Nickleby), who adapted and staged (with Scott Schwartz); composer Paul Gordon; designer John Napier (Cats, Les Misérables, Sunset Boulevard); costume designer Andreane Neofitou (Les Misérables, Miss Saigon); and lighting designers Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer, six-time winners of the Tony8482; Award.
Jane Eyre: The Musical, live at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre
Original cast album available from Sony Classical

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780811468305
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 01/01/1991
Pages: 48
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

Table of Contents

(+ = new to the Third Edition)


The Text of Jane Eyre



School Register: Clergy Daughter's School

Report on the Cowan Bridge School for Clergymen's Daughters

From The Children's Friend


"Well, here I am at Roe Head"

+"Now as I have a little bit of time"

"All this day I have been in a dream"

"I'm just going to write because I cannot help it"

+"My compliments to the weather"

+"About a week since I got a letter from Branwell"


From "Henry Hastings"

Farewell to Anglia


+To W. S. Williams, March 11, 1848

+Vignettes from Bewick

+"Charlotte Brontë and Bewick's 'British Birds'"


+To Emily Brontë, June 8, 1839

+To Ellen Nussey, June 30, 1839

+To W. S. Williams, May 12, 1848

+The Governess Grinders

+To Smith, Elder & Co., August 7, 1847

+To Smith, Elder & Co., August 24, 1847

+To Smith, Elder & Co., September 12, 1847

To W. S. Williams, October 28, 1847

To W. S. Williams, January 28, 1848

To G. H. Lewes, November 6, 1847

G. H. Lewes, Fraser's Magazine, December 1847

To W. S. Williams, December 11, 1847

+To W. S. Williams, August 14, 1848

+To W. S. Williams, Early September, 1848


From The Christian Remembrancer, January 1848

Elizabeth Rigby, The Quarterly Review, December 1848

To W. S. Williams, January 2, 1849

+To W. S. Williams, February 10[?], 1849

To W. S. Williams, August 16, 1849

From "A Word to The Quarterly"


+Charlotte Brontë and the Critics

+Charlotte Brontë: Author and Woman

First Impressions of Charlotte Brontë

Charlotte Brontë at Home

Charlotte Brontë's Working Habits


Adrienne Rich * Jane Eyre: The Temptations of a Motherless Woman

Sandra M. Gilbert * A Dialogue of Self and Soul: Plain Jane's Progress

+Jerome Beaty * St. John's Way and the Wayward Reader

+Lisa Sternlieb * Jane Eyre: "Hazarding Confidences"

+Jeffrey Sconce * [The Cinematic Reconstitution of Jane Eyre]

+Donna Marie Nudd * The Pleasure of Intertexutuality: Reading Jane Eyre

+Charlotte Brontë: A Chronology

Selected Bibliography

What People are Saying About This

Clive Barnes

The novel that cries out for the stage has gotten the stage. The story is beautifully adapted and acted.
The New York Post

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Jane Eyre 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 59 reviews.
Alexandra macias More than 1 year ago
I am only 2 pages in and already there are exactly 7 typos. I'm not even going to bother.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The plot is timeless, and the characters are captivating. Trully revolutionay for the time period it was written in- cleverly feminist in nature without being pushy. Easy to read,ecspecially with errotic, musing characters like Edward Rochester (sigh, swoon)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed this book! I couldn't put it down.
keristars on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The new Norton Critical Edition of _Jane Eyre_ is absolutely fantastic. The addition of contextual information just blew me away when I saw it. I have an old Tor copy of the novel that, while quite good, just doesn't compare to this. Among the contexts are letters from Charlotte during her time as a governess, records from her stay at school (much like Jane's!), and excerpts/descriptions of Bewick's Birds, which plays such an important part in the novel. What a wonderful copy of the book to have!The story of Jane Eyre itself is quite good, I should add. It is, of course, a common assignment in school, but no wonder when it has so much weight in the 19th Century English-language canon, and so much impact on modern romance novels.Jane Eyre is one of my all-time favorite novels, and I always find something new and intriguing in it. It is well-crafted and leaves nothing of importance out. (Not that one can say the same of the many movie adaptations...)
StephJoan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
So romantic I remember my heart beating whenever Mr. Rochester would show up.
syntheticvox on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An utterly touching novel that presents the emotionally deep and ideologically stalwart Jane Eyre to the reader over the course of years. This particular edition, with its introductory and supplemental material, is exceptional.
soniaandree on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Used for the Open University course AA316 'The 19th C novel'. This 'bibliography' is as appealing now as it was then - Jane's youthful rebellion, her courage, the constant struggle against opposing forces and the final, peaceful, outcome, have all made the novel's success. Many themes can become apparent to the discerning reader: postcolonial, marxist, gender-related... The novel has many layers of understanding, as the more we read it, the more we perceive some important background information, because many mysteries get solved in the book: Jane Eyre's origin, the 'madwoman in the attic' s role in Rochester's life, or Jane's family link to the Rivers, for example. As ever, this is a classic novel that should *already* be in your library. If not, then do get a copy! :-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite books of all time!
drruth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
With the exception of the religious self-punishment section, which seems more dated than the rest, the novel holds up well and the concerns about women's place in society remain relevant today. And of course the romance story is essential and powerful and effective, just as it always was.
bromeliad_water on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I can't emphasize this enough: Just jump in and give this book a try, even if it's only so that you might see who Jane Eyre actually is. I've read the book a number of times, and yet can never quite get my head around her! Homely and orphaned, but fiercely smart and fiercely independent, Jane is forever striving to better her situation and her self while maintaining her own self-respect according to her uncompromising morals. Jane is one of a kind -- a woman of great constitution in literature, who moves with stunning competence and level-headedness through the world, despite her losses and the oppressive rules of a society that does not favor her class or sex. Charlotte Brontë has REALLY created someone special here -- not to mention the gripping, tragic romance that makes the novel such a compelling read to begin with!
whitewavedarling on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jane Eyre is one of my favorites, and the criticism here is enlightening and worth reading for the most part. As a critical edition, this one succeeds and draws you in even after the story at particular points.
Book_and_recipe_Examiner More than 1 year ago
Jane Eyre is an orphaned governess who develops romantic feelings for her employer, Mr. Rochester, a man ensconced in tragedy. Sent away to an orphanage as a child by her cruel aunt, Jane's attachments in life have been few. At Lowood, she gains a friend whose perspectives enable Jane to reign in her anger and find beauty in the darkest situations. At nineteen, Jane contentedly finds her place at Thornfield Hall, amidst the friendship of the housekeeper and her little charge, Adele. The peace is disturbed, however, when Edward Rochester, the wealthy, woeful owner of the mansion returns. For Rochester, Jane’s kindness and naivety are a catharsis for his troubled mind, and her imagination a refreshment. Jane finally has a “full life,” until a piece of Rochester’s past shatters her dreams. Jane Eyre is one of the most tragically brilliant pieces of Gothic fiction ever written, at times satisfying everything and nothing in a whirlwind of passion and drama that will appeal to readers for all time. For a themed recipe of Orange Almond Cardamom Cupcakes with Cinnamon Brown Sugar Frosting, as well as similar book recommendations and discussion questions, visit: http://hubpages.com/literature/Jane-Eyre-by-Charlotte-Bronte
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I first read this in English when I was 10 years old. Now, 40 years later, I am reading it in French and am loving it again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it!!!
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