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Becoming Jane Eyre: A Novel

by Sheila Kohler

Penguin Books | March 27, 2013 | Trade Paperback

Becoming Jane Eyre: A Novel is rated 3 out of 5 by 3.
Read Sheila Kohler''s posts on the Penguin Blog.


A beautifully imagined tale of the Bronte sisters and the writing of Jane Eyre

The year is 1846. In a cold parsonage on the gloomy Yorkshire moors, a family seems cursed with disaster. A mother and two children dead. A father sick, without fortune, and hardened by the loss of his two most beloved family members. A son destroyed by alcohol and opiates. And three strong, intelligent young women, reduced to poverty and spinsterhood, with nothing to save them from their fate. Nothing, that is, except their remarkable literary talent.

So unfolds the story of the Brontë sisters. At its center are Charlotte and the writing of Jane Eyre. Delicately unraveling the connections between one of fiction''s most indelible heroines and the remarkable woman who created her, Sheila Kohler''s Becoming Jane Eyre will appeal to fans of historical fiction and, of course, the millions of readers who adore Jane Eyre.



Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 256 pages, 7.8 × 5.16 × 0.71 in

Published: March 27, 2013

Publisher: Penguin Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0143115979

ISBN - 13: 9780143115977

Found in: Fiction and Literature
Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Dull and depressing I made it to only page 35 of this book before giving up. The writing was awkward, the characters felt one-dimensional and drab, and the story was depressing and dull. I gave up disappointed, and am moving on to the next book on my list.
Date published: 2012-04-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Jane Eyre fans will love this! I think my ten minute contemplation of buying this book paid off! I was a little iffy when reading reviews and the synopsis. I thought this will either be a hit or miss. And it was a hit! It can't be considered a fictious biography, rather, a biography with fictional elements. Kohler builds her narrative on the foundation of Charlottes life, and the events unwinding during the "becoming" of Jane Eyre.
Date published: 2010-09-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Discovering Charlotte Bronte Artfully written and beautifully imagined, Becoming Jane Eyre is a mastering novel and a look inside the life of author Charlotte Bronte. While she is at her father’s bedside, Bronte shares the story of her life and the writing of her masterpiece Jane Eyre and interweaves both narratives. Charlotte recounts her years as a student in Belgium, then a teacher and her affair with the married school master, then her years as a lonely governess for a wealthy family. This novel really exhibits what it was like for female authors in the 19th century as Charlotte and her sisters, Emily and Anne, struggle to get their novels published in a male dominated society. If you have read Jane Eyre or any of the Bronte sister’s novels, you will see how much the sisters drew from their own life and experiences that informed much of their writing. In fact, you can really see how similar Jane Eyre is to Charlotte. Throughout we see the many inspirations for the construction of some of literatures finest and most profound novels by the Bronte sisters including; Wuthering Heights by Emily, The Tennant of Wildfell Hall by Anne and Shirley one of Charlotte’s other masterpieces, the two latter titles being some of my favorite novels. It really seems as if the three sisters had a lonely solitary life and I can somewhat identify with that. That is one of the things that drew me to Jane Eyre, which remains to this day to be my favorite novel. The sisters were really familiar with the plight of being a woman and even after almost two centuries, for those stories to still resonate is very special. If you have read Jane Eyre, you will like this book. If you haven’t maybe this book with inspire you to pick it up. Story **** Characters *** Readability ****l Overall Rating ****
Date published: 2010-02-17

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Becoming Jane Eyre: A Novel

by Sheila Kohler

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 256 pages, 7.8 × 5.16 × 0.71 in

Published: March 27, 2013

Publisher: Penguin Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0143115979

ISBN - 13: 9780143115977

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Featured Excerpt in Penguin iPhone App Chapter Two Professor That night, she dreams of her professor, Monsieur H. She is sitting on the white sofa, talking to his wife, yet thinking of him so vividly. He has left on an extended voyage. She pictures the thick, black hair, dark eyes, robust body, wide shoulders, and strong legs. He is dressed casually, without any effort at elegance, in his loose old cloak. She says to his wife, who looks pale and is obviously upset by this long absence, "you can replace a husband but not a father," and she sees a small, delicate child standing in the doorway, bent over with grief. The child looks very much like Charlotte herself. She wakes with a start in tears, all her old sorrow returning. How she had trudged through the damp streets of Brussels, half-crazed with longing, lust, and jealousy, reluctant to return to the school. She lingered there in the dark and the rain to escape black thoughts. She walked to forget her Master and beloved friend who had replaced her father and her brother—her black swan, the first to discover her talent and encourage her art. How she has waited for his letters! It was his wife whom she and Emily met first when they arrived in Brussels that evening, tired and hungry, having somehow lost a suitcase and their way in the dark cobble-stoned streets, which glistened wet in the lamplight. Finally they came to the green door with the bronze plaque in the wall with the name of the Pensionnat de D
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Read Sheila Kohler''s posts on the Penguin Blog.


A beautifully imagined tale of the Bronte sisters and the writing of Jane Eyre

The year is 1846. In a cold parsonage on the gloomy Yorkshire moors, a family seems cursed with disaster. A mother and two children dead. A father sick, without fortune, and hardened by the loss of his two most beloved family members. A son destroyed by alcohol and opiates. And three strong, intelligent young women, reduced to poverty and spinsterhood, with nothing to save them from their fate. Nothing, that is, except their remarkable literary talent.

So unfolds the story of the Brontë sisters. At its center are Charlotte and the writing of Jane Eyre. Delicately unraveling the connections between one of fiction''s most indelible heroines and the remarkable woman who created her, Sheila Kohler''s Becoming Jane Eyre will appeal to fans of historical fiction and, of course, the millions of readers who adore Jane Eyre.



About the Author

Sheila Kohler was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. She later lived in Paris for fifteen years, where she married, completed her undergraduate degree in Literature at the Sorbonne, and a graduate degree in Psychology at the Institut Catholique. She moved to the U.S. in 1981 and earned an MFA in Writing at Columbia. She currently teaches at Princeton University. Becoming Jane Eyre is her 10th book. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, O Magazine and included in the Best American Short Stories. She has twice won an O’Henry Prize, as well as an Open Fiction Award, a Willa Cather Prize, and a Smart Family Foundation Prize. Her novel Cracks was nominated for an Impac Award, and has been made into a feature film to be distributed by IFC. She has been published in 8 countries.

Editorial Reviews

“Kohler offers an imaginative recreation of the woman who created this once-scandalous, now beloved classic. Sensitive, intelligent, and engaging… A beautiful complement to Brontë’s masterpiece.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)



“Well-written. Kohler gives us a more multidimensional, passionate and temperamental Charlotte than most biographies… connecting the writer with her heroine is intriguing. This novel will likely send fans back to the originals and should inspire those who know ‘of’ the novels to finally read them.”—Publishers Weekly



“Sheila Kohler moves with assured ease between fiction and biography, between the inner life of Charlotte Brontë as she composes Jane Eyre and the comedy of professional rivalry among the three Brontë sisters.”—J.M. Coetzee, author of Disgrace and Summertime



“Bravo! I couldn’t put it down and finished it in the depths of the night.” —Lyndall Gordon, author of Charlotte Brontë: A Passionate Life



“Becoming Jane Eyre is lush and filled with dark sensuality and the tension of unsaid things. The style is quite different from Charlotte Brontë’s in Jane Eyre, yet the tone and imagery and spirit remain in the same realm. Jane Eyre is one of my favorite books and Sheila Kohler one of my favorite writers.”—Amy Tan, author of The Joy Luck Club

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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