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Saturday, December 31, 2005

Looking for a New Copy of Jane Eyre?

I know that you all have a copy of Jane Eyre already, right, but you can never have too many editions. Or maybe you don't have a copy after all, and don't know which one is right for you. This post is just what you need to sort out the difficulty. Four editions of Jane Eyre are examined from the type face and paper texture down to the critical goodies. The editions are the Norton Critical Edition, Penguin, Oxford World Classics, and Modern Library. I do agree with her conclusion- the Norton edition is superb as is the Oxford World Classics edition. Admittedly I don't have the other two for comparison. I have many many others, however, and I enjoy the Norton for its 'critical goodies.' It is also the only book I own in which I write- I am slowly trying to overcome a horror of writing in books. This one already had writing in it, so I feel less terrible about jotting down notes.

I am not in a position to review the other Bronte novels in this way, as much as I would like to. If anyone else wishes to do so, let me know if you would like to write a post. Otherwise you might have to wait until I can ransack the university library.

5 comments:

Sylvia said...

Hi! Thanks for the plug. Good luck with your studies. :)

Brontëana said...

I was just about to give you a nudge! ;) In fact, I just noticed you also did a hardcover review so that's up on another post. :)

Sylvia said...

Cool. I just realized I forgot to post the picture of the hardcovers. I'll rectify that now!

ThisbeCiel said...

I have a Norton and a Oxford myself. The Oxford is a little hardback thing so that is my daily travelling companion. :)

Brontëana said...

My favourite hard cover JE is the Collins Clear Type Press edition from the 1920s. *cough* It is so tiny, and has a pretty burgundy cover and nice illustrations inside. I also have one of Villette. I am too protective of them to carry them around, but they are just the right size for that sort of thing!