Staff Pick: Judith on The Secret History of Jane Eyre by John Pfordresher


The title page of Jane Eyre claims that it is an autobiography, edited by “Currer Bell” the pen name of Charlotte Bronte.

Though Bronte disavowed the novel being about her own life, there are too many parallels to ignore. Charlotte also attended school and was cruelly treated (and the school may have hastened the deaths of her younger sisters Maria and Elizabeth). Charlotte also worked as a governess and fell in love with a married man.

Pfordresher recounts Bronte’s life through the lens of her best known work. This biography would make an excellent pairing with the novel that inspired it.