The Secret History of Jane Eyre: How Charlotte Brontë Wrote Her Masterpiece by John Pfordresher

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Read The Secret History of Jane Eyre: How Charlotte Brontë Wrote Her Masterpiece Online Free - 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.

Title : The Secret History of Jane Eyre: How Charlotte Brontë Wrote Her Masterpiece
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ISBN : 0393248879
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 256 pages


Beleth rated it ★★★☆☆

July 10, 2017

Le pongo un 3/5 porque mal no está para ver las relaciones entre la novela Jane Eyre y su autora, pero no dice nada que no haya leído en mil sitios mil veces antes.

Audra (Unabridged Chick) rated it ★★☆☆☆

June 07, 2017

I grabbed this book because of the cover (gorgeous) and the fact that I'm not a huge Jane Eyre fan and I kind of want to be. (I mean, it seems like a book I should be all over.) I love books about books, stories that dive into the nitty-gritty and ineffable magic of writing a novel. And I'm alway...

Douglas Fugate rated it ★★★★★

March 03, 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 Cha...

Kristin rated it ★★☆☆☆

August 23, 2017

An odd book, like a close reading of Jane Eyre. I found it overly detailed for the average reader, and referencing outdated sources (Freud, Joseph Campbell, taking Gaskell's bio as truth) so not rigorous enough for a scholar. Why does he refer to Rochester as Fairfax Rochester, as if Fairfax is h...

Karen rated it ★★★★☆

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 fo...

tortoise rated it ★★★☆☆

September 06, 2017

How Charlotte Bronte's life influenced the writing of Jane Eyre. Book Review: The Secret History of Jane Eyre is not quite as secret or dramatic as the cover blurb would have the reader believe. And don't be fooled, this is not a biography. Here Georgetown University English professor John Pfordre...

Kressel rated it ★★★★☆

August 22, 2017

Jane Eyre is one of my all-time favorites, so naturally, I grabbed this off my library shelf the minute I saw it. The book shows how the different scenes of the original novel trace back to events in Charlotte’s own life. The author contends that as a young woman, Charlotte fell in love with he...

Macaela rated it ★★★★★

October 29, 2017

I love Jane Eyre. It's one of the books that I reread every few years. However, I knew little to nothing of Charlotte Bronte. I found this book to be a fascinating. Learning about her difficult life and how she wove that into her stories and changed the outcomes for her characters that she couldn...

Jonna rated it ★☆☆☆☆

September 08, 2017

I picked this up on a whim, partly because I am always mixing up Jane Eyre and Jane Austen, which is ridiculous, since one is a fictional character and the other is an author. Anyway, what I realized yet again is/are (a) I do *not* get the appeal of Jane Eyre. Or actually, the whole Rochester thi...

Naomi rated it ★★☆☆☆

August 27, 2017

I am so disappointed in this book. I had been looking forward to its release for months. What the book had promised was not delivered. I felt the book was loaded down with more speculation and theory versus proven fact. Next, the majority of information presented in the Bronte biography was commo...

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