“Jane Eyre” is an acclaimed novel that tells the story of Jane’s maturation and focuses on the emotions and experiences that accompany and incite her growth to adulthood. Written by English writer Charlotte Brontë, it was published in London, England in 1847. It’s a first-person narrative of the title character and many autobiographical elements are recognizable throughout the book. The novel contains a great deal of social criticism about gender and social class and is considered ahead of its time. While the book maintains a sense of morality, much of the book is very dark, with even a feeling of gothic horror. “Jane Eyre” became one of the most successful novels of its era, both critically and commercially. Charlotte Brontë died of pneumonia, while pregnant, in 1854.