Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 11:42 am by Cristina in , , , , ,    2 comments
Éditions des Saints Pères are publishing their facsimile edition of Jane Eyre this Friday December 2nd (remember the price is £229 for preorders as opposed to £249 for orders after that date). A couple of sites feature this gem. Psychologies interviews Jessica Nelson, co-founder of the publishing house.
The 824-page manuscript contains important revisions and corrections centred around the portrayals of Jane's encounters with Mr Rochester. Written in Brontë's elegant hand, it gives readers unprecedented insight into her creative process. The manuscript's publication marks the culmination of this year’s bicentenary celebrations of Charlotte Brontë’s birth.
Each luxury edition is illustrated with etchings by Edmund Garrett and presented in a deluxe slipcase decorated with iron gilding. As well as being printed on environmentally-friendly paper, Éditions des Saints Pères have pledged to plant one tree for each copy sold. [...]
Why did you choose Edmund Garrett's illustrations for the manuscript? They seemed the most beautiful to us, and the best fit for Charlotte Brontë’s writing. They have remained with us ever since we read a copy of Jane Eyre for the very first time, years and years ago…
Stylist has an article about it too.

Jane Eyre is also one of the 10 books about adolescence which young students should read according to Skuola (Italy).
4. Jane Eyre di Charlotte Brontë
Jane Eyre è un romanzo parzialmente autobiografico, che vuole far riflettere sugli aspetti importanti della vita, come la famiglia, l’amicizia, la fedeltà, il coraggio e l’amore. La storia è quella di una bambina orfana che dopo una brutta esperienza presso i suoi parenti, finisce in una scuola di carità. Lì la piccola Jane vive le sue esperienze incredibili e spesso scioccanti. Anni dopo diventa un’insegnante molto stimata dello stesso istituto, ma lo abbandona per fare l’istitutrice in una ricca e nobile famiglia per la figlia adottiva del misterioso Mr. Rochester. (Serena Santoli) (Translation)
Teens may also be the target of this (humorous?) Dysfunctional Literacy article on 'Bad Sentences in Classic Literature: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë'. Oh the fun of the verb 'ejaculate' in classics! (we are rolling our eyes here). Also, don't expect much of an article making this point:
The title Jane Eyre has always caused a problem for potential readers because nobody knows ahead of time who Jane Eyre was or why a book was written about her.  All a reader knows is that the main character is probably going to be Jane Eyre.  That’s usually how it works with book titles that are solely character names.   At least with The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, the reader knew there were going to be adventures.
Charlotte Bronte later wrote a novel with an even worse title, Shirley.  Because Shirley has no last name in the title, most readers have no idea who Shirley is until they read the book.  The title of Shirley is so bad that the movie Airplane even made fun of it.
Brontë left an unfinished novel named Emma, but readers can find Jane Austen’s Emma if they feel they must read a novel about somebody named Emma.  Reader’s who get confused at book titles that are character names might prefer Brontë’s  novel The Professor because the reader knows that the novel is probably about a professor.  Even though that title is better, the book itself probably has some bad sentences in it.
This is honestly the first time that we hear about 'Jane Eyre' being a problematic title because of it being a name. So now let's trash all those other, similarly-named classics! Madame Bovary, Anna Karenin, Mary Barton, Anne of Green Gables, Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, Nicholas Nickleby, Rebecca (whose main character doesn't even have a name and is not Rebecca! Go figure!), Hamlet, Macbeth, Tess of the D'Urbervilles, Robinson Crusoe, Moll Flanders, Mary Poppins, Peter Pan, Pippi Longstocking, Mrs. Dalloway, Carrie, Daisy Miller, Lolita, etc. All of those awful, awful writers didn't know what they were doing, poor things.

A.V. Club reports the death of actor Fritz Weaver whose
earliest TV roles included Playhouse 90, Studio One In Hollywood, and a TV movie of Jane Eyre. (Sam Barsanti)
According to IMDb it was the 1961 TV movie adaptation of the novel.

And we have to report another death as many news sites such as Mirror feature the story of a young walker who 'plunged to his death peering over beauty spot made famous in Harry Potter films'. The beauty spot was Malham Cove which
was also the location for the 1992 film of Emily Bronte's "Wuthering Heights", starring Ralph Fiennes as Heathcliff and Juliette Binoche as Cathy. (Chris Riches)
We are sorry about this transition but The Telegraph has selected a Brontë-related walk among 'Britain's best winter walks worth braving the cold for'.
22. Brontë Walk, Haworth, Yorkshire (8 Miles)
This year (2016) marks another literary anniversary, the 200th anniversary of Charlotte Brontë’s birth. Her spirit lives on, with those of her sisters and brother, on Haworth Moors – at their wildest and most atmospheric in winter and the inspiration for so much of the Brontës’ work.
Heading out west from the pub, past Lower Laithe Reservoir and then back through Stanbury to the Museum Parsonage, you will pass, on the return, the Brontë Waterfall described by Charlotte as a “perfect torrent racing over the rocks, white and beautiful”.
Start/Finish: Fleece Inn (01535 642172, fleeceinnhaworth.co.uk); OS Explorer Map OL21
Here are a couple of literary gift guides which include Brontë-related items: Brain Child and Paste magazine.


  1. The Pirrie interview is just a part of a media pack the BBC sent out with all the stars interviewed http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/mediapacks/towalk

    1. Thanks, we will correct it.