Jane Eyre

An Autobiography

BRONTE, Charlotte

Reader, I married him.

BRONTE, Charlotte Jane Eyre An Autobiography

Smith, Elder & Co., 1847.

First edition. Three volumes. Original publisher's brown cloth, with gilt titles to spine and blind decoration to covers. Terminal adverts to volume I. An excellent set with small repair to the head of the spine of vol I, just minor wear to the head of the spines of vols. II and III. Internally tight with hinges intact. Minor browning to the page edges with a marginal chip to B8 and a tear to T2 near the gutter (both in vol I, neither affecting any text). A well preserved set of this important nineteenth century work, very seldom encountered in original cloth.

Charlotte Bronte's first novel and keystone of nineteenth century literature. Having collaborated with her sisters in an unsuccessful self published volume of poetry, Charlotte embarked on writing a novel, The Professor. This was declined by all the publishers it was sent to and, stung by the fact that both her sisters had found publishers for their novels, she set about writing a new novel on an entirely different emotional scale. The work was swiftly completed and immediately found a willing publisher in Smith, Elder. The book was published in an edition of just 500 copies, whilst both her sisters' works languished in production.
The novel was greeted with almost instant acclaim. Critics seized upon its imaginative power and the reality and freshness of its style. William Thackeray, to whom Charlotte dedicated the second edition, "lost a whole day in reading it." To this day it remains one of the most popular and widely read English novels.

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