Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

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Jane Eyre is a first-person narrative of the title character, a small, plain-faced, intelligent and honest English orphan. The novel goes through five distinct stages: Jane's childhood at Gateshead, where she is abused by her aunt and cousins; her education at Lowood School, where she acquires friends and role models but also suffers privations; her time as the governess of Thornfield Manor, where she falls in love with her Byronic employer, Edward Rochester; her time with the Rivers family at Marsh's End (or Moor House) and Morton, where her cold clergyman-cousin St John Rivers proposes to her; and her reunion with and marriage to her beloved Rochester at his house of Ferndean. Partly autobiographical, the novel abounds with social criticism and sinister gothic elements.

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The 34th greatest fiction book of all time

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  1. - 1st on Harvard Book Store Staff's Favorite 100 Books (Harvard Book Store)
  2. - 3rd on The 100 Favorite Novels of Librarians (Bookman.com)
  3. - 5th on The 100 Greatest British Novels (BBC)
  4. - 7th on For The Love of Books (For The Love of Books)
  5. - 7th on The Ideal Library (Book)
  6. - 7th on The Telegraph’s 100 Novels Everyone Should Read (Telegraph)
  7. - 16th on Entertainment Weekly's Top 100 Novels (Entertainment Weekly)
  8. - 18th on The 100 Greatest Novels of All Time: The List (The Observer)
  9. - 28th on The Top 10: The Greatest Books of All Time (The Top 10 (Book))
  10. - 45th on The 100 Greatest Novels (greatbooksguide.com)
  11. - 52nd on The Novel 100: A Ranking of the Greatest Novels of All Time (The Novel 100)
  12. - 54th on Koen Book Distributors Top 100 Books of the Past Century (themodernnovel.com)
  13. - 73rd on 100 Best Books (Montana State University)
  14. - The Great American Read (PBS)
  15. - 110 Best Books: The Perfect Library (The Telegraph)
  16. - The College Board: 101 Great Books Recommended for College-Bound Readers (http://www.uhlibrary.net/pdf/college_board_recommended_books.pdf)
  17. - The New Lifetime Reading Plan (The New Lifetime Reading Plan)
  18. - Masterpieces of World Literature (Frank N. Magill)
  19. - The Book of Great Books: A Guide to 100 World Classics (Book)
  20. - The Graphic Canon (Book)
  21. - The 100 Greatest Books Ever Written (Easton Press)
  22. - Select 100 (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
  23. - 100 Best Novels Written in English (The Guardian)
  24. - 50 Books to Read Before You Die (Barnes and Noble)

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