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The Connell Guide to Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre
by Josie Billington (Author)
Jolyon Connell, Katie Sanderson, Pierre Smith-Khanna and Paul Woodward (Editors)
Connell Guides (1 Sep 2014)
An instant popular success when first published in 1847, Jane Eyre was everywhere praised for its riveting power. But, says Josie Billington, it is easy to forget just how shocking the novel was to its 19th century readers. One of the most romantic of stories, it also challenges at every turn the stereotypes on which it rests, not simply in having a plain, rebellious heroine and a hero who is neither young nor handsome nor chivalrous, but in the way it suggests sensual love can be a force for good and in its passionate commitment to depicting the struggle of an individual towards fulfillment.