Year of Great Books

About Jane Eyre

Everything Slate’s Year of Great Books learned about love, identity, and feminism from Charlotte Brontë’s realist masterwork.

This article is part of a Year of Great Books, a Slate Academy. To learn more, read Laura Miller’s introduction to the series, or visit

Listen to Laura and Jacob reflect on their reading of Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë, the second selection of our Year of Great Books academy. Their conversation was recorded at a live taping at the Strand Bookstore in New York City on April 13.

Laura also speaks with Deborah Lutz, Thruston B. Morton professor of English at the University of Louisville, about her book The Bronte Cabinet: Three Lives in Nine Objects.

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Jacob Weisberg and Laura Miller talk Jane Eyre for Year of Great Books at The Strand bookstore.
Jacob Weisberg and Laura Miller discuss Jane Eyre at the Strand bookstore.

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Talk to Jacob, Laura, and other Year of Great Books members in our private Facebook group. And here’s everything else you should read to supplement your Slate Academy reading of Jane Eyre:

If you haven’t already done so, you should register to win a free copy of Thandie Newton’s audiobook reading of Jane Eyre, courtesy of Audible.

Finally, make sure to vote for our next selection—stay tuned to our Facebook group for more information.

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