A novel of high romance and serious literature, Jane Eyre
has enjoyed popular success and critical acclaim ever since its publication in 1847. The story of Jane's development from neglected orphan to an equal partnership with the enigmatic Mr Rochester, via the cruel regime at Lowood school and a difficult independence as a governess, electrified a Victorian readership not just for its narrative power but for the bold critique it offered of English society.
With characters that are as unforgettable as the story they enact, and with a passionate language that amazed the readers of the day, Jane Eyre
ranks among the most pre-eminent English novels ever written.
'One of the most perfectly structured novels of all time.' Sarah Waters
'My all-time favourite classic is Jane Eyre by
Charlotte Brontë.' Jacqueline Wilson
'Jane Eyre is the first fictional heroine to give women
permission, as it were, to have an intense inner life.' Joanna Trollope
'At the end we are steeped through and through with the
genius, the vehemence, the indignation of Charlotte
Brontë... It is the red and fitful glow of the heart’s
fire which illuminates her page.' Virginia Woolf
Read an excerpt from Jane Eyre