The Secret History of Jane Eyre
Why did Charlotte Brontë go to such great lengths on the publication of her acclaimed, best-selling novel, Jane Eyre, to conceal its authorship from her family, close friends, and the press? In The Secret History of Jane Eyre, John Pfordresher tells the enthralling story of Brontë’s compulsion to write her masterpiece and why she then turned around and vehemently disavowed it.Few people know how quickly Brontë composed Jane Eyre. Nor do many know that she wrote it during a devastating and anxious period in her life. Thwarted in her passionate, secret, and forbidden love for a married man, she found herself living in a home suddenly imperiled by the fact that her father, a minister, the sole support of the family, was on the brink of blindness. After his hasty operation, as she nursed him in an isolated apartment kept dark to help him heal his eyes, Brontë began writing Jane Eyre, an invigorating romance that, despite her own fears and sorrows, gives voice to a powerfully rebellious and ultimately optimistic woman’s spirit.The Secret History of Jane Eyre expands our understanding of both Jane Eyre and the inner life of its notoriously private author. Pfordresher connects the people Brontë knew and the events she lived to the characters and story in the novel, and he explores how her fecund imagination used her inner life to shape one of the world’s most popular novels.By aligning his insights into Brontë’s life with the timeless characters, harrowing plot, and forbidden romance of Jane Eyre, Pfordresher reveals the remarkable parallels between one of literature’s most beloved heroines and her passionate creator, and arrives at a new understanding of Brontë’s brilliant, immersive genius.

The Secret History of Jane Eyre Details

TitleThe Secret History of Jane Eyre
Author
FormatHardcover
ReleaseJun 27th, 2017
PublisherW. W. Norton Company
ISBN0393248879
ISBN-139780393248876
Number of pages256 pages
Rating
GenreNonfiction, History, Literary Fiction, Writing, Books About Books

The Secret History of Jane Eyre Review

  • Douglas Fugate
    March 3, 2017
    This is a comprehensive biography of Charlotte Bronte, her family and writings. Intertwined throughout the life story, the author interjects the lives and works of Anne, Emily, and Branwell Bronte. The Professor, Wuthering Heights and Agnes Grey all play pivotal parts both in the biography of Charlotte and the writing of Jane Eyre. Charlotte’s experiences influence her writings. Learn of how the death her mother and widowhood of her father affected all of the children and their education. Charlo This is a comprehensive biography of Charlotte Bronte, her family and writings. Intertwined throughout the life story, the author interjects the lives and works of Anne, Emily, and Branwell Bronte. The Professor, Wuthering Heights and Agnes Grey all play pivotal parts both in the biography of Charlotte and the writing of Jane Eyre. Charlotte’s experiences influence her writings. Learn of how the death her mother and widowhood of her father affected all of the children and their education. Charlotte’s experiences at school as both a student and teacher, as well as her unsuccessful love affair, all find a place in Jane Eyre. I found myself more impressed with this book the more I read. I encourage all fans and students of Jane Eyre, and everyone remotely interested in the Bronte family and their works to read this book. For those who own a copy of Jane Eyre, this volume should become a companion addition to their library.I highly recommend this book for all high school, college students and adults.
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  • Andréa
    January 6, 2017
    Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.
  • Karen
    April 18, 2017
    John Pfordresher, in his book, The Secret History of Jane Eyre, narrates the story of Charlotte Bronte's most famous novel. Most people will agree that Bronte's life influenced the story of Jane Eyre, and indeed much has been written about this subject, but even as a Bronte lover and reader, I found new facts and ideas about all of the Brontes that I did not know. Besides his insight, the author also shares research from other scholars and words from primary research sources including material f John Pfordresher, in his book, The Secret History of Jane Eyre, narrates the story of Charlotte Bronte's most famous novel. Most people will agree that Bronte's life influenced the story of Jane Eyre, and indeed much has been written about this subject, but even as a Bronte lover and reader, I found new facts and ideas about all of the Brontes that I did not know. Besides his insight, the author also shares research from other scholars and words from primary research sources including material from Charlotte Bronte herself. A fascinating read! (I received an advanced copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review)
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