Classic books like Jane Eyre took on new meanings while the lengths of others made us aware of our mortality.
Books that will bring the beauty of Derbyshire’s rolling hills alive.
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Despite arguments that young children have enjoyed Jane Eyre for 150 years, the Victorians were much more concerned about the novel’s influence than universities are today.
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And every one of them has a happy ending.
Teachers often assign older books.
Stories like ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ and ‘Jane Eyre’ are still relevant today.
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What was a thoroughly English book has become a multilingual, ever-changing global text continually putting down roots in different cultures.
Linen Market, Dominica, oil painting by Agostino Brunias, circa 1780.
Jean Rhys’s prequel to Jane Eyre explores the monstrous figure of Rochester’s mad wife Bertha, prompting readers to think about the racialised legacies of colonialism.
Jane Eyre has been retold over and over again, but remains eternally relevant.
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Charlotte Brontë’s heroines - most famously Jane Eyre - struggle with psychologically complex questions. And unlike Jane Austen’s female protagonists, they prize self knowledge and self expression over conventional moralism.