When first published in 1847, Jane Eyre was ahead of its time due to its remarkable portrayal of a thinking and feeling woman rich in individuality and passionate in her desire for a full life. The heroine, Jane, was poor and plain, as she possessed neither great beauty or captivating charm. However, you will find her metamorphosis from a frustrated, lonely orphan into a compassionate, self-confident woman as Jane herself recounts the physical and moral oppression she endures as a child in her home, and later at a harsh boarding school. Continue on with the story as she tells of her employment as governess at Thornfield Hall, and of the admiration and love she develops for her employer. In the end, we see Jane's eventual evolution from a broken child to a whole woman. Bronte's famous heroine displays a beautiful and personal trust in God and his providence.
The Dover Edition includes the original preface to the 2nd and 3rd editions and is 422 pgs, pb. The Wordsworth Classics Edition includes an introduction by Dr. Sally Minogue and is 410 pgs, pb. The Signet Classic Edition of the classic novel is also available, which includes an introduction by Erica Jong and is 468 pgs, pb.