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Charlotte Brontë and Jane Eyre(Via Salem News)
6:30 PM - 7:45 PM
Ipswich Public Library • 25 North Main Street • Ipswich, MA 01938
Charlotte Brontë’s 1847 novel, Jane Eyre, is one of the enduring achievements of 19th-century British literature. The book tells the story of Jane, orphaned at an early age, who is forced to endure childhood with uncaring relatives and, later, in a brutal orphanage. As an young adult, she is hired as governess for the daughter of Mr. Rochester, a powerful but mysterious master who hides a dark secret.
The novel, told from Jane’s first-person autobiographical point of view, is a masterpiece of narrative storytelling and internal emotion, encompassing psychology, morality, sexuality, poetry, horror, and social criticism. The lecture will discuss three topics: the brilliance of Jane Eyre as a novel, Charlotte Brontë’s complicated family life in the wilds of northern England, and the context of rapid changes in mid-nineteenth century Victorian society.
Presented by Randall Warniers. Mr. Warniers has pursued interest in 19th-century British literature and early 20th-century American cinema for decades. He has worked in the world of publishing since 1989 and he is currently a freelance editor and book publisher.