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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.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Classical Comics; Reprint edition (January 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906332479
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906332471
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.4 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Grace L on January 12, 2009
Format: Paperback
I do not have any experience with graphic novels or comics beyond the random flipping through of my cousin's Batman comics. I found the Graphic Novel version of Jane Eyre to be completely interesting and engaging. The illustrations were magnificent. They really brought the story of Jane Eyre to life. The language was almost exactly the same as the novel. There was once jarring moment where Jane says "Huh?". It just didn't fit with the language of the rest of the comic.

This graphic novel and other graphic novels like it would be excellent in the school atmosphere where some students would be more likely to read and enjoy a graphic novel rather than the novel itself. These graphic novels are beautifully illustrated and remain true to the novels they are based on. I will definitely be buying more of them and hope and pray they make one for Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility.
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Lovely art, and a wonderful read for anyone who is a Jane Eyre fan. I enjoyed it immensely.

However, over a vacation, I gave it to a friend to read who likes graphic novels but hasn't read Jane Eyre before. She ended up confused several times and had a lot of questions throughout the story when holes weren't being filled in.

That said, definitely worth a read for Jane fans who would like to see the story in a new format.
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Charlotte Bronte's 1847 Gothic romance "Jane Eyre" has proved irresistable to generations of readers and to those who would adapt it to other formats, such as television and film. This 2010 adaptation presents the long and melodramatic story in a shortened graphic novel format, based on a script by Amy Corzine. The good news is that the art and the script are up to the task. "Jane Eyre: The Graphic Novel" is a very worthwhile introduction to a classic novel.

As the story opens, the reader is introduced to Jane Eyre, a plain but spunky orphan who is the unwanted ward of a cruel and abusive aunt. Jane is eventually banished to a charity school, where the students are grossly neglected, but where Jane is able to find friends and a mentor. An older Jane obtains a position as a governess in the household of the mysterious Edward Rochester, master of Thornfield Hall. The house is full of secrets and danger, but also of romance. Jane falls in love with her employer, but finds the cost of being with him to be too high. She flees, eventually finding refugee with another family, and where she will make a discovery that changes her life...

Fans of the original novel may be unhappy with the abridgement and changed point of view of this graphic novel. However, this version does strive to present Jane's challenges and her central moral dilemma in a format designed to appeal to younger modern readers. It is highly recommended to that audience.
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The point of creating the Graphic Novel is to encourage today's students to go back to the original and enjoy it more. Ooops, I gave the game away! :) The Comic's text has been wonderfully abridged, and Americanized (hence the "Huh?" Jane says). I suggest renting the 1973 BBC version, if your Blockbuster has it. The 1983 version is adequate: I believe Mr. Dalton did not have a "Jane" who challenged him. Teased him. Stuck a sly penknife, so to speak, under his ear. Mr. Jayston and Miss Cusack, however, take the witty script and run with it.
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Presents in graphic novel format an adaptation of Brontë's story about an orphaned young English woman who accepts employment as a governess at Thornfield Hall, a country estate owned by the mysterious and remote Mr. Rochester.

I think most of us know at least the basic story of Jane Eyre. I read the book years ago and loved it, so when I saw the graphic novel I thought it might be a nice way to refresh my memory. I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would. Maybe because taking such a long book and condensing it into a graphic novel appears to me, to be a monumental task and as such I think a lot of it gets lost in the paring down. In addition, while the artwork is detailed and has an old-fashioned feel to it, it just didn’t float my boat. However, the adaptation did give me a yearning to reread the book, but I have so many others to read that I doubt I will any time soon.
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Charlotte Bronte's graphic novel depiction. It's a good focus on the Jane Eyre, especially if you found the novel to be laborious reading as I did back in the day. The graphic novel does a good job of following Jane's unhappy life as a child, serving as a governess and then falling in love with her master but then many problems arise. Prevalent themes about spiritual connections to love, love and religion blending or not blending and social status. Recommended for those who want a summary of this classic work.

STORY/PLOTTING: B to B plus; CHARACTERS/DIALOGUE: B to B plus; THEME DELIVERIES: B minus to B; ARTWORK PRESENTATION: B; WHEN READ: end of June 2012; OVERALL GRADE: B.
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Back around 1960 John Burns, the illustrator of Classic Comics "Jane Eyre" and I were both in the RAF and stationed at RAF Brampton in England. John was good enough to help me in my own drawing efforts before being posted, I believe to Singapore. I still have some of his original pencil and water color sketches from that time and have always admired his style. After National Service I moved to California and heard no more about John but have never forgotten the enormous talent he had. I am pleased that thousands of others, through John's published work, have also enjoyed his talents.
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