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Jane Eyre
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Title page of the first Jane Eyre edition
Author Charlotte Brontë
Country England
Language English
Genre novel
Publication date
Media type Print

Jane Eyre is an 1847 novel by Charlotte Brontë, published by Smith, Elder & Company, London. It is one of the most famous of British novels. Charlotte Brontë first published the book as Jane Eyre: An Autobiography under the pseudonym Currer Bell. The novel was an immediate popular success. Especially enthusiastic in his praises was William Makepeace Thackeray, to whom Charlotte Brontë dedicated the novel's second edition, which was illustrated by F. H. Townsend.

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Jane Eyre is a first-person story of the title character, a small, plain-faced, intelligent, and passionate English orphan girl. The plot follows the form of a Bildungsroman, a novel that tells the story of a child's growth and focuses on the emotions and experiences that lead to her maturity.

The novel goes through five distinct stages: (1) Jane's childhood at Gateshead; (2) her education at Lowood School, where she acquires friends and role models; (3) her time as governess at Thornfield Manor, where she falls in love; (4) her time with the Rivers family at Marsh's End (or Moor House) and at Morton; and (5) her reunion with and marriage to Rochester at his house of Ferndean.

Jane Eyre is divided into 38 chapters, and most editions are at least 400 pages long (although the preface and introduction on some copies can take up another 100). In the original version, Jane Eyre was published in three volumes: Volume One (Chapter 1 - Chapter 15), Volume Two (Chapter 16 - Chapter 26), Volume Three (Chapter 27 - Chapter 38).

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