Jane Eyre: Writer's Digest Annotated Classicsby Charlotte Bronte, K.M. Weiland
"I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being with an independent will..."
One of the most sweeping and enduring novels in English literature, Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre has become a beloved classic and a must-read for fans of period romance. Filled with memorable characters, witty dialogue, emotional scenes, social commentary,/i>/b>… See more details below
"I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being with an independent will..."
One of the most sweeping and enduring novels in English literature, Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre has become a beloved classic and a must-read for fans of period romance. Filled with memorable characters, witty dialogue, emotional scenes, social commentary, and intriguing twists, Bronte's novel, written in 1847, still has much to teach writers about crafting exceptional stories.
As part of the Writer's Digest Annotated Classics series, this edition of Jane Eyre features hundreds of insightful annotations from writing instructor and author K.M. Weiland. Explore the craft and technique of Jane Eyre through the lens of a writer, and learn why and how Bronte made the choices she did while writing her iconic novel. The techniques learned from the annotations and accompanying study guide will aid in the crafting of your own celebrated works of fiction.
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I was in for a double-treat as I read Jane Eyre for the first time with KM Weiland's annotations helpfully placed throughout the story. Weiland's comments are relevant, unobtrusive, and concise, chock-full of meaty information for those studying the craft of writing. The annotations are spread side-by-side throughout the text of the novel, offering a springboard on which aspiring writers can climb and eventually jump into greater knowledge. Reading this version of Jane Eyre felt like attending an informal sit-down with a friendly literature professor. Weiland's annotations cover all the elements of story: characterization, suspense, character arc, symbolism, foreshadowing, backstory, dialogue (my favorite aspect of Jane Eyre is the invigorating dialogue), moral arguments, and tension, among other literary devices. Weiland's careful description of story element and her faithful, reverential deconstruction of this timeless story enable the reader/writing student a broad look into great literature. From the opening hook - clearly explained by Weiland - to the heart-warming climactic moment, Weiland's passion for and knowledge of story and character offers writing students the unique opportunity to glimpse into the mind of master author Charlotte Bronte. The writing student has the opportunity to see and grasp the very reasons Jane Eyre is a classic. The Jane Eyre Annotated Classic is a powerful tool for furthering those interested and invested in the craft of writing, one I highly recommend.
Great Opportunity to Learn From A Master Storyteller...Don’t Miss Out! Committed writers understand that to be in the business of words means embracing a perpetual state of learning. We read books on writing, we attend lectures and workshops, and we practice our craft, seeking to continually improve our writing skills. If you’re like me, you learn technique best through reading exceptional examples. K.M. Weiland’s book, Jane Eyre: Writer’s Digest Annotated Classics is the perfect vehicle for shedding light on how one master storyteller deliberately uses structure and craft technique to make her story and characters come alive for readers. My biggest struggle as a writer is that I too easily slip into the role of a reader, and I fall headlong into the storyline and stakes, forgetting that I should be analyzing as I read. Because of this, an annotated classic like Jane Eyre is perfect, balancing my desire to be swept up by the words with the author’s gentle nudging to see the advanced technique at work in selected passages. K. M. Weiland is a skilled author herself, and viewing Jane Eyre through her filter of craft mastery and experience really brought the lessons to life for me. I recommend this book to writers of all levels! Angela Ackerman Bestselling author of The Emotion Thesaurus: a Writer’s Guide to Character Expression
Writer’s Digest has a collection of annotated classics that provide great insight on how past writers have created their masterpieces. Thanks to K.M. Weiland, the classic Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte is now a part of that collection. If you’ve never read Jane Eyre, I suggest reading it before picking up this annotated edition. Mainly because it is a great book, but also because, if you’re anything like me, you’ll get so swept up in the story you’ll bypass the notes. I’d never read Jane Eyre before. But, when the opportunity presented itself to read this, I decided it was time. So, I read the book, then I went back through and read the annotations by K.M. Weiland. Understanding structure and how a novel progresses can be a difficult thing sometimes. With the annotated version of Jane Eyre, K.M. Weiland makes it easy to see where in the story the key factors to make a great story take place. She explains the hook, setting, conflict, tension, using all five senses, closing chapters, and symbolism and theme to name a few. And it’s not just, “Hey, this is where this happens.” It’s a detailed description of how Bronte used these aspects of writing to better her story. This is one of the few writing advice books I would recommend, not because it gives advice, but because it helps you to understand how you can make your story really shine by offering examples.
I first became aware of Charlotte Brontë’s singular novel while in high school but I did not appreciate its grace and strength until seeing the story told in a film version starring George C. Scott and Susannah York (1970). I then returned to the book itself with renewed vigor and became a fan. Looking back now, I can see how some of the themes and motifs from that novel have become influential to my own writing, for better or worse. (I believe the story is well known so I won’t take time to recount it here.) Therefore, I was pleased to have the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this annotated edition, a volume which serves two purposes: 1) a thorough review of the novel as a work of literature and, 2) as a detailed model of the structure of a novel as well as dramatic structure in general. In re-reading this novel, my appreciation for it was renewed, especially after having seen the more recent (2011) film version. After receiving the copy, I enjoyed re-reading the novel and was simultaneously impressed by the accompanying notes. However, what makes this volume so special is that it works on two levels and in two equally fascinating ways, thanks to K.M. Weiland’s carefully crafted annotations which run side by side with the novel’s text. Weiland’s well thought-out notes add insight to the story, scene by scene, but also point out the craft Brontë employs in each scene. While beginning writers are always told to do this or that when they write, and told about such things as “the hook” and “dramatic arc” and “denouement,” here we easily see it all in action, being able to read the text and the notes together. For one example, Weiland sets the following note beside the scene where Jane first encounters strange noises in the grand old house, foreshadowing a possible ghost story for the reader: Foreshadowing the Supernatural: Brontë’s story is set within a realistic world. Without proper foreshadowing early on, the vaguely supernatural elements that play an important role later in the story (i.e., the psychic link between Jane and Rochester in Chapter 35) would jar against the reader’s understanding of the world she has created. Her discussion of ghosts here—coupled with Jane’s violently realistic reaction to them—serves most obviously to strengthen the general creepiness of the scene. But, more important, it subtly introduces a paranormal element, which will be reinforced throughout the book to present a solid foundation for the use of the supernatural in the book’s Climactic Moment. Like this one example, all the notes in the book are succinct and to the point yet full of insight, valuable for both the literature student as well as the beginning writer. I estimate a third of the words in this book are among the notes on most of the pages. This volume begins with an insightful introduction by Diana Gabaldon addressing beginning writers with points to remember for their own writing and ample encouragement to follow Brontë’s example. K.M. Weiland then follows this lead on nearly every page by using notes to explain the drama and elucidate on plot points, dialog craft, character development, and other elements of fiction writing. This is a great book for use by teachers of literature as well as teachers and students of fiction writing. As a professor of English who teaches both literature and fiction writing, I believe this annotated novel is a great addition to a classroom curriculum because it works quite well for both audiences. I very much recommend it for teachers, writers, and readers of all ages.
Every writer has books that they love, classic authors that they admire and wish to emulate. In her excellent breakdown of Jane Eyre, Weiland shows writers exactly how Brontë came to write such an enduring book. Through easy-to-read footnotes, writers will see how Brontë effectively used foreshadowing, motifs, and subtext to make the most of her story. They’ll see the story’s structure broken down from opening hook to epilogue. There will be no need to wonder how Brontë created such intriguing, relatable, and flawed characters, because Weiland explains exactly how they develop. Any writer desiring to learn from one of the masters should check out this book.