Jane Eyre, Original Text
Written by Charlotte Bronte
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A graphic novel of the classic story of Jane Eyre. The illustrations are beautiful and evocative and bring to life one of our favourite classics. The Classical Comic series acts as an aid to understanding the text of some of our great literature, making it an accessible and enjoyable read as well as a lovely gift.
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Jane Eyre, Original Text by Charlotte Bronte
In the early 1800s, Jane Eyre's parents die - leaving young Jane to be looked after by her uncle and aunt; but after the death of her uncle, her aunt and cousins make her life truly miserable. Surely, being sent away to school could only improve things?
This graphic novel adaptation presents the classic story through beautiful hand-painted artwork by the English artist John M. Burns, giving you a truly wonderful and fulfilling reading experience that you'll want to return to again and again.
.Notes(1) The Shakespeare adaptations are also published in plain text editions.(2) An incomplete list would include such titles as Classics Illustrated, No 39, Illustrated by Harley M. Griffiths, 1947; Classics Illustrated No 39, Illustrated by H.J. Kihl, 1962; Jane Eyre, Limewire Graphics, Ed. Philip Page & Marilyn Petit, Hodder & Staughton, 2003.(3) Except for the prologue (not in the original novel) which recounts the facts pertaining to Jane Eyre's parents and Mrs Reed's promise to keep her as her own daughter.(4) Somewhat unexpected because the scene both visually and dramatically leaves a lot to the imagination. (5) We are aware that this is a naive interpretation because even an objective reading is a reading of sorts. Furthermore, the script - consciously or unconsciously - excises some of the best-known quotations from the novel. The comic doesn't begin with the famous There was no possibility of taking a walk that day... and, though rephrased, the Quick Text version is more similar to the original opening than the Original Text version. The women feel just as men feel speech is absent as well. There isn't even a Reader, I married him -it has been subsituted by a more laconic I married him in the Original Text version and by a more to-the-point We had a quiet wedding in the Quick Text version. Also on the negative side we can quote several French typos in Adele's speeches (p. 40). By the way, in the Quick Text version Adele's French becomes a laughable parody of English with French accent.(6) A Breath of Fresh Eyre. Intertextual and Intermedial Reworkings of Jane Eyre. Edited by Margarete Rubik and Elke Mettinger-Schartman, Rodopi, Amsterdam/New York, NY, 2007.(7) Curiously enough this wasn't the first BrontA experience of John M Burns in his long career in the comics world. He adapted Wuthering Heights for the comic publication Diana for Girls (No 42. 7th December 1963).(8) Interestingly, the famous I'm no bird... quotation has been left out.(9) As Rochester says in the novel (ch. XXIV): ... This little sunny-faced girl with the dimpled cheek and rosy lips; the satin-smooth hazel hair, and the radiant hazel eyes? (I had green eyes, reader; but you must excuse the mistake: for him they were new-dyed, I suppose.) (10) Curiously, and although it is stated that Charlotte BrontA was pregnant when she died, her death is attributed to tuberculosis, thus overlooking other, most probable causes, particularly hypemeresis gravidarum.
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Classical Comics Ltd
29th September 2008
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