John Pfordresher's New Book Released: 'The Secret History of Jane Eyre: How Charlotte Bronte Wrote Her Masterpiece'

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John Pfordresher’s new book The Secret History of Jane Eyre: How Charlotte Brontë Wrote Her Masterpiece explores the autobiographical elements included in Charlotte Brontë’s classic novel Jane Eyre, such as Brontë’s relationship with both her father and siblings, her experiences as a governess, and romantic interest in her French professor M. Constantin Georges Romain Heger. 

John explains in a Q&A session with author and blogger Deborah Kalb how and why Brontë’s life influenced her writing:

“Despite Brontë’s vigorous denials, there is a remarkably close relationship between herself and her heroine [Jane]. This was necessitated by her simultaneous wish to make the novel as realistic as possible, and her acknowledgement that her own life experience had been strictly limited.”

Congratulations, John!