Women in the Literary Market 1800-1900

Jane Eyre
horizontal rule
Jane Eyre won immediate and widespread acclaim upon its first release. The Times called it "a remarkable production…that "stand[s] boldly out from the mass." Fraser's Magazine urged its readers to "lose not a day in sending for it." Some, however, declared the book coarse and immoral, and unfit reading for young ladies.

Writing under the pseudonym "Currer Bell," Brontë placed her novel with the London publisher Smith, Elder & Co., who assumed the writer was male. She received 500: a princely sum for a first novel. Brontë’s true identity, revealed the following year, caused great controversy.

With Jane Eyre, Brontë achieved the literary celebrity that Southey had warned her to eschew.

horizontal rule
Jane Eyre. An Autobiography. Edited by Currer Bell. London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1847. Private Collection.
horizontal rule

view image

continue tour

introduction
early role models
entering the literary market
learned poets
getting into print
charlotte bronte and george eliot
sin and sensation
new women
education
journalism
activism
L.T. Meade
the three volume format
credits
home
Cornell University Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections Cornell University Library

Copyright 2002 Division of Rare & Manuscript Collections
2B Carl A. Kroch Library, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 14853
Phone Number: (607) 255-3530. Fax Number: (607) 255-9524

For reference questions, send mail to: rareref@cornell.edu
If you have questions or comments about the site, send mail to: webmaster.