I am glad that the Read Along has begun and I am rereading Jane Eyre! This week’s questions are brought to us by A Night's Dream of Books
The questions for this week are:
What do you know about this novel
and its author?
Have you ever read it before, or
is this your first reading?
Have you seen any of the TV
or movie versions?
This novel is one of my lifetime favorites. It has become one of the handful of novels that I have read and reread my whole life. I am not sure what my original fascination was although the mystery and sinister nature of the boarding school Jane attended was riveting - a different world.
It was in 1847 that Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre was published, more than a century before my birth. The reviews were mixed. William Thackeray, who wrote another favorite of mine -Vanity Fair, called it "the masterwork of a great genius." One reviewer said: "This is not merely a work of great promise; it is one of absolute performance. It is one of the most powerful domestic romances which have been published for many years." However, many reviews were negative and some were focused on trying to figure out who had written Jane Eyre, and especially whether the author was a man or a woman. Charlotte Brontë had published the book under the androgynous pseudonym Currer Bell, the same one she had used a year earlier when she published poems by her and her sisters, Emily and Anne.
That it is still being read and appeals to readers today speaks to its status as a classic.
I believe I saw the 1943 version of Jane Eyre on television many years ago. It starred Orson Welles and Joan Fontaine with Margaret O'Brien as Adele and Peggy Ann Garner as the young Jane. After this reading I think I will view one of the more recent film adaptations.