This perennially popular Norton Critical Edition again reprints, with expanded explanatory footnotes, the 1848 third edition text, the last corrected by Charlotte Bront.
The newly expanded and reorganized "Contexts" section provides an extensive sampling of materials concerning Bront's experiences as a student, governess, and teacher, experiences that influenced her portrayal of Jane Eyre at Lowood school and as the governess of Thornfield Hall. New to the Third Edition are illustrations from and commentary upon Bront's use of Thomas Bewick's History of British Birds. Numerous letters document Jane Eyre's publication and reception history, including Bront's retorts to negative reviews by Elizabeth Rigby and The Christian Remembrancer. Expanded excerpts from Elizabeth Gaskell's The Life of Charlotte Bront provide a fellow novelist's comments upon Bront as a woman author and help to explain Bront's reactions to her critics.
"Criticism" retains major feminist readings by Adrienne Rich and Sandra M. Gilbert and newly includes essays by Jerome Beaty, Lisa Sternlieb, Jeffrey Sconce, and Donna Marie Nudd.
A Chronology and Selected Bibliography are included.
Preface to the Third Norton Critical Edition The Text of Jane Eyre
Charlotte Bront as Student, Governess, and Teacher
School Register: Clergy Daughters' School
Report of the Cowan Bridge School for Clergymen's Daughters
From The Children's Friend
Charlotte Bront at Roe Head
Christine Alexander • Introduction to Bront's Juvenilia
"Well, here I am at Roe Head"
"Now as I have a little bit of time"
"All this day I have been in a dream"
"I'm just going to write because I cannot help it"
"My compliments to the weather"
"About a week since I got a letter from Branwell"
From "Henry Hastings"
Farewell to Angria
Charlotte's and Jane's Illustrated Book
To W. S. Williams, March 11, 1848
Vignettes from Bewick
Jane W. Stedman • Charlotte Bront and Bewick's "British Birds"
Charlotte Bront as Governess
To Emily J. Bront, June 8, 1839
To Ellen Nussey, June 30, 1839
To W. S. Williams, May 12, 1848
Charlotte Bront and Her Publishers, Reviewers, and First Biographer
To Smith, Elder, & Co., August 7, 1847
To Smith, Elder, & Co., August 24, 1847
To Smith, Elder, & Co., September 12, 1847
To W. S. Williams, October 28, 1847
To W. S. Williams, January 28, 1848
To G. H. Lewes, November 6, 1847
G. H. Lewes, Fraser s Magazine, December 1847
To W. S. Williams, December 11, 1847
To W. S. Williams, August 14, 1848
To W. S. Williams, Early September 1848
The Christian Remembrancer and The Quarterly
From The Christian Remembrancer, January 1848
Elizabeth Rigby, The Quarterly Review, December 1848
To W. S. Williams, January 2, 1849
To W. S. Williams, February 10[?], 1849
To W. S. Williams, August 16, 1849
From "A Word to The Quarterly"
Charlotte Bront and the Critics
Charlotte Bront: Author and Woman
First Impressions of Charlotte Bront
Charlotte Bront at Home
Charlotte Bront's Working Habits
Adrienne Rich • Jane Eyre: The Temptations of a Motherless Woman
Sandra M. Gilbert • A Dialogue of Self and Soul: Plain Jane's Progress
Jerome Beaty • St. John's Way and the Wayward Reader
Lisa Sternlieb • Jane Eyre: "Hazarding Confidences"
Jeffrey Sconce • [The Cinematic Reconstitution of Jane Eyre]
Donna Marie Nudd • The Pleasure of Intertextuality: Reading Jane Eyre Television and Film Adaptations
Charlotte Bront: A Chronology