The Classical Comics series presents great literary works in multiple volumes, each written in text of varying simplicity to suit a wide range of readers’ abilities and interests. This Original Text edition features the more challenging language of the two versions of Jane Eyre (the other being an abridged Quick Text), with sentences drawn directly from Brontë’s classic novel. Words printed in bold indicate the rhythmic emphasis in each sentence and will help guide readers through the skillfully abbreviated text. Burns’ artwork suffers somewhat in the fine detail; faces sometimes appear distorted in their lack of definition. The scenes’ compositions are excellent, though, and Burns ably conveys the dramatic action and romance and even extends the story in wordless panels that portray the characters’ thoughts. The extensive back matter includes a long prose biography of Brontë, a chronology of her life, a Brontë family tree, and an interesting spread describing how the dual graphic editions of this classic were created. A solid, accessible graphic adaptation of a novel that teens continue to read for pleasure as well as for assignment. Grades 7-10. --Gillian Engberg
About the Author
Charlotte Bronte, born in 1816, was an English novelist and poet, the eldest of the three Bronte sisters, and one of the nineteenth century's greatest novelists. She is the author of Villette, The Professor, several collections of poetry, and Jane Eyre, one of English literature's most beloved classics. She died in 1855.
Joe Sutliff Sanders is associate professor in the children s literature track of the English Department at Kansas State University. He is the author of "Disciplining Girls: Understanding the Origins of the Classic Orphan Girl Story", the coeditor of a collection of essays on "The Secret Garden", and a former Fulbright Fellow at the University of Luxembourg.