The Secret History of Jane Eyre

The Secret History of Jane Eyre

How Charlotte Brontë Wrote Her Masterpiece

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The surprising hidden history behind Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre.

Why did Charlotte Brontë go to such great lengths on the publication of her acclaimed, best-selling novel, Jane Eyre , to conceal its authorship from her family, close friends, and the press? In The Secret History of Jane Eyre , John Pfordresher tells the enthralling story of Brontë's compulsion to write her masterpiece and why she then turned around and vehemently disavowed it.

Few people know how quickly Brontë composed Jane Eyre . Nor do many know that she wrote it during a devastating and anxious period in her life. Thwarted in her passionate, secret, and forbidden love for a married man, she found herself living in a home suddenly imperiled by the fact that her father, a minister, the sole support of the family, was on the brink of blindness. After his hasty operation, as she nursed him in an isolated apartment kept dark to help him heal his eyes, Brontë began writing Jane Eyre , an invigorating romance that, despite her own fears and sorrows, gives voice to a powerfully rebellious and ultimately optimistic woman's spirit.

The Secret History of Jane Eyre expands our understanding of both Jane Eyre and the inner life of its notoriously private author. Pfordresher connects the people Brontë knew and the events she lived to the characters and story in the novel, and he explores how her fecund imagination used her inner life to shape one of the world's most popular novels.

By aligning his insights into Brontë's life with the timeless characters, harrowing plot, and forbidden romance of Jane Eyre , Pfordresher reveals the remarkable parallels between one of literature's most beloved heroines and her passionate creator, and arrives at a new understanding of Brontë's brilliant, immersive genius.

Publisher: New York :, W.W. Norton & Company,, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780393248876
0393248879
Call Number: 823.8 B7897zp
Characteristics: 254 pages ; 25 cm

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Brontina66
Aug 28, 2017

The book contains some inaccuracies that are rather obvious to someone informed about the life of Charlotte Bronte. However, if you are not at all familiar with any of her biographies and like "Jane Eyre," this is an interesting book to read that might hopefully encourage you to read more about this extraordinary writer.

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