The Jane Eyre Affair

Jane Eyre is a classic but, it’s a lot more than that. It’s a book we still read. We still read it because people LOVE Jane Eyre. If you start to look at the material out there related Jane Eyre, you start to realize that people feel a deep affinity for it. We retell the story over and over and over again. We never get tired of it. Perhaps we continue to explore it because there is something slightly elusive about Jane Eyre – the mystery, the atmosphere, the characters, where did it come from!?

English: Title page, first edition, en:Jane Eyre.
English: Title page, first edition, en:Jane Eyre. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Not only do people love Jane Eyre, but they love Jane Eyre. There is something about Jane. We are drawn to her. Do we want to be her, the heroine? Or do we just want Mr. Rochester?

And then there is the other woman, Charlotte Bronte; a driven, ambitious woman. We think of Charlotte and her sisters and wonder where did they come from? There is something so daring about their work, and yet they are rooted firmly in their time and place. How did these women, living in Haworth of all places, become literary giants?

We have a perennial love affair with Jane Eyre. Why do we love it? It is the gothic mystery? Is it the romance? Is it the characters? Is it the setting? Is it the crazy woman in the tower? Whatever it is, this site is here to celebrate all things Jane. Long live Jane Eyre!


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