Charlotte Brontë's impassioned novel Jane Eyre
is the love story of a plain yet spirited governess and her employer, the arrogant and brusque Mr. Rochester. Published in 1847, under the pseudonym Currer Bell, the book featured a new kind of heroine -- one who manages to thrive on her integrity, intellect, and fullness of heart in order to overcome isolation, adversity, and class barriers. Over a century later, Jane Eyre
is still regarded as one of the classic novels of English literature.
Pocket Books Enriched Classics present the great works of world literature enhanced for the contemporary reader. This edition of Jane Eyre has been prepared by Laurie Langbauer, professor of English at the University of North Carolina. It includes her introduction, which contains essential biographical and historical background, textual notes, a selection of critical excerpts, and suggestions for further reading, as well as a unique visual essay of period illustrations and photographs.