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Jane Eyre: Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, first published in 1847.

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The story of Jane Eyre is one of the best-known in English fiction. Jane is the orphan who survives a miserable early life, first with her aunt at Gateshead Hall and then at Lowood School. She leaves the school for Thornfield Hall, to become governess to the French ward of Mr Rochester. She and Rochester fall in love but, at their wedding, it is revealed he is married already and his wife, insane, is kept in Thornfield's attic. When Jane Eyre was published in 1847, it was a great success and brought fame to Charlotte Bronte. Combined with Gothic mystery and horror, the book explores many themes, including the treatment of children, relations between men and women, religious faith and hypocrisy, individuality, morality, equality and the nature of true love.

With

Dinah Birch
Professor of English Literature and Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research at the University of Liverpool

Karen O'Brien
Vice Principal and Professor of English Literature at King's College London

And

Sara Lyons
Lecturer in Victorian Literature at the University of Kent

Producer: Simon Tillotson.

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