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Jane Eyre
Original Text


Author: Charlotte Brontë
Script adaptation: Amy Corzine
Artist: John M. Burns
Classical Comics
RRP: £9.99, US $16.95
ISBN: 978 1 906332 06 8
Available 29 September 2008

In the early 1800s, Jane Eyre's parents die - leaving young Jane to be looked after by her uncle and aunt; but after the death of her uncle, her aunt and cousins make her life truly miserable. Surely, being sent away to school could only improve things...

Charlotte Brontë's classic 1847 novel follows the life of Jane Eyre from turbulent childhood into the heartaches of adulthood, and is reminiscent of the author's own experiences. It was written at the dawn of feminism, when female authors were rare, and books about the lives of women were even rarer.

The graphic novel adaptation of Jane Eyre is available in two versions - Original Text and Quick Text editions. The idea behind this is that for those studying the original book, these two editions give a much better understanding of the settings of the book as well as making it accessible to those who find it hard to grasp the book fully.

The Original Text edition stays faithful to the original novel and will help many students to get a better feel for the book.

There are a number of extras included in this release. At the back of this collection there's a three-page biography for Charlotte Brontë; a Brontë family tree; a chronology of the Brontë sisters main accomplishments; the reproduction of a letter from Charlotte to her publisher; and a look at the page creation for this series.

This is an essential purchase for those studying the book.


Amber Leigh

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