A Guide to Reading and Reflecting
by Karen Swallow Prior; Charlotte Brontë
Jane Eyre is, of course, a classic and one that many have read or plan to read. This edition includes the full text of the novel along with some added sections. These include a biographical essay on the author. One thing that became clear from reading this was the number of losses that Bronte faced.
This title also includes sections on reading the novel. A number of topics are covered including to what extent the book was autobiographical and other influences on the author as she wrote. The evolution of the novel and Bronte’s originality are also covered as are themes in the work. In addition, there is background on the Gothic novel and Romanticism.
This title is published by a Christian firm. So, there is also a part of the book on reading the novel “as a Christian today,”
Overall, I feel that this edition will be welcomed by readers looking for some insight into Jane Eyre before they read or reread it. There are even some questions for discussion included after each of the novel’s volumes.
Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this title. All opinions are my own.