Now I have explored the debut novel of Charlotte Brontë, it’s time to go a little further through the wardrobe to unearth what she did post-Jane Eyre…
Author: Charlotte Brontë (1816–1855)
Debut novel: Jane Eyre (1847)
Age of author when debut published: 31
140 character review: A lyrically-written gothic romance that explores the conflict between desire and duty. (Original review posted here – 4 stars)
Favourite quote from debut: “I would always rather be happy than dignified.”
Reception of debut: There was a mixed reception to the publication of this now classic novel, with some critics declaring the content anti-Christian and others vehemently disagreeing with the content altogether. The novel was originally published under Charlotte’s male pseudonym Currer Bell and yet the radical female-centric narrative led many critics to correctly guess that the author must, indeed, be female. It was impossible, regardless of the opinion on the content, to deny the quality of the penmanship and The Times declared within their original review that “The author of Jane Eyre will have power in her generation, whether she chooses to exercise it for good or evil”. Indeed it has stood the test of time and even now remains fervently within the secondary school literary canon and on almost every recommended reading list.
Other notable works: