What Do I Read Next?
- Anne Bronte is the least well known of the three Bronte sister novelists. Written at the same time as Jane Eyre, her first novel, Agnes Grey (1847), is the story of an unhappy governess. Her second novel, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1848), is considered a more ambitious and passionate work. Charlotte Bronte was disturbed by Anne's depiction of the heroine's alcoholic husband, who was based on Branwell Bronte.
- The Life of Charlotte Bronte, by Elizabeth Gaskell, was comissioned by Reverend Patrick Bronte just after Charlotte's death and was originally published in 1857. Gaskell, one of the best-known English novelists of her time, had met Charlotte in 1850, and the two became close friends. Gaskell's frank biography caused some controversy and passages were cut from it in subsequent editions. However, the first edition of the work remains in print and is today considered a classic of English literary biography.
- The poetry of Charlotte Bronte is represented in a modern Everyman edition of the Brontes' Selected Poems, along with poems by Emily, Anne, and Branwell Bronte. Published in 1985, this edition was edited by Juliet Barker, curator and librarian of the Bronte Parsonage Museum in Haworth. Barker is also the author of a family biography, The Brontes.
- The Brontes (1969), by Phyllis Bentley, is an illustrated biography of the three Bronte sister-authors (Charlotte, Emily, and Anne) in Thames and Hudson's "Literary Lives" series. This book is especially good in depicting the conditions in which Charlotte Bronte lived, and in relating the places where she lived to her life and work.
- Readers have noted some similarities between Jane Eyre and Daphne du Maurier's classic 1938 romantic suspense novel Rebecca. A young woman recounts the early days of her marriage to a wealthy widower, Maxim de Winter. The first Mrs. de Winter—Rebecca—died mysteriously, and her memory casts a chilling spell over large English manor house where the new Mrs. de Winter has come to live.
- Wide Sargasso Sea (1966) is a novel by Jean Rhys that might be considered a "prequel" to Jane Eyre. In this novel, Rhys imagines the life of young Edward Rochester and the first Mrs. Rochester in Jamaica some years before the action of Jane Eyre.
- Bronte (1996) is a novel by Glyn Hughes, a young British writer who lives in West Yorkshire. The book is a fictional account of the inner and outer lives of the members of the Bronte family, including Charlotte.