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Friday, March 09, 2007

Jane Eyre Illustrations - 1890

These really are extraordinary illustrations. These are from the Thomas Crowell 1890 edition of Jane Eyre. I have often wondered when the first illustrations appeared. Charlotte Bronte was approached by her publishers to illustrate the novel herself, but she refused saying that her characters were so unattractive that she could not think there would be any interest in illustration. I don't think that I have come across older representations. They form part of an online project at the University of Nebraska called Love and Seduction, part of the Nineteeth Century Studies Resources for an Interdisciplinary Curriculum.

"You do not hesitate to take a place at my side, do you?"

1 comment:

ChrisV said...

There are a few more illustrations posted at the ebay auction for this very edition at Jane Eyre 1890