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 √ Century of ExperienceEvidenceName of Reader / Listener / Reading GroupAuthor of TextTitle of TextForm of Text
1850-1899'Aug. (Grand)'Sarah Good Charlotte BrontėJane EyrePrint: Book
1850-1899 'Both ... [Elizabeth and Alice Thompson] were reading voraciously at that time [1854-57]. Their father, by reading "Jane Eyre" aloud to them (with omissions), had give...Thomas Thompson Charlotte BronteJane EyrePrint: Book
1850-1899'The hero seems to me superior to the Rochester or the Louis Moore type, who are all rather lay-figures. Nor do I admire the sister?s work [Wuthering Heights] so much as ...Leslie Stephen Charlotte BronteJane EyrePrint: Book
1800-1849George Smith, A Memoir (London, 1902): 'The MS. of "Jane Eyre" was read by Mr Wiliams ... he brought it to me on a Saturday, and said that he would like me to read it .....Charlotte BronteJane EyreManuscript: Unknown
1800-1849George Smith, A Memoir (London, 1902): 'The MS. of "Jane Eyre" was read by Mr Wiliams ... he brought it to me on a Saturday, and said that he would like me to read it .....George Murray Smith Charlotte BronteJane EyreManuscript: Unknown
1800-1849W. M. Thackeray to William Smith Williams, 23 October 1847: 'I wish you had not sent me "Jane Eyre." It interested me so much that I have lost (or won if you like) a who...William Makepeace Thackeray Charlotte BronteJane EyrePrint: Book
1800-1849J. G. Lockhart to a friend, 29 December 1847: 'I have finished the adventures of Miss Jane Eyre, and think her far the cleverest that was written since Austen and Edgewor...John Gibson Lockhart Charlotte BronteJane EyrePrint: Book
1800-1849Charlotte Bronte to William Smith Williams, 4 January 1848: '"Jane Eyre" has got down into Yorkshire; a copy has even penetrated into this neighbourhood: I saw an elderly...Charlotte BronteJane EyrePrint: Book
1800-1849Mary Taylor to Charlotte Bronte, 24 July 1848: 'About a month since I received and read "Jane Eyre".'Mary Taylor Charlotte BronteJane EyrePrint: Book
Charlotte Bronte to Ellen Nussey, 19 January 1850: 'Mr Nicholls having finished "Jane Eyre" is now crying out for the 'other book' [Shirley] ...'Arthur Bell Nicholls Charlotte BronteJane EyrePrint: Book
1850-1899" ... in the early 1870s, the ten-year-old Annabel Huth Jackson 'was terribly frightened by the episode of the mad woman tearing the wedding veil' in Jane Eyre, although ...Annabel Huth Jackson Charlotte BronteJane EyrePrint: Book
'[Alice] Foley continued her education by attending night school after going to work full-time in the mill when she was thirteen. She remembers choosing "Jane Eyre" as a...Alice Foley Charlotte BronteJane EyrePrint: Book
1900-1945'Growing up in Clapton during the Depression, Michael Stapleton needed a signature from his father (an Irish navvy) for a public library card, "but I asked him on the wro...Michael Stapleton Charlotte BronteJane EyrePrint: Book
1900-1945[imaginative role play] 'One chauffeur's daughter alternated effortlessly between heroes and heroines: "I have plotted against pirates along with Jim Hawkins and I have t...Margaret Wharton Charlotte BronteJane EyrePrint: Book
1900-1945'Marjory Todd read [the books of Hesba Stretton, Mrs O.F. Walton and Amy le Feuvre but felt later that] "I would not now willingly expose a child of mine to the morbid re...Marjory Todd Charlotte BronteJane EyrePrint: Book
1900-1945'Am reading "Jane Eyre" and adore it.'Hilary Spalding Charlotte BronteJane EyrePrint: Book
1800-1849'Can you tell me about "Jane Eyre", - who wrote it? I am told I wrote the 1st vol: and I don't know how to disbelieve it myself, - though I am wholly ignorant of the auth...Harriet Martineau Charlotte BronteJane EyrePrint: Book
1800-1849'When I [Harriet Martineau] read ["Jane Eyre"], I was convinced that it was by some friend of my own, who had portions of my childish experience in his or her mind.'Harriet Martineau Charlotte BronteJane EyrePrint: Book
1850-1899'In various letters to Osborne he mentions having received "Tom Jones" which he did not care for; "Jane Eyre" he thought a "wonderful book"; in a volume titled "British D...Arthur Symons Charlotte BronteJane EyrePrint: Book
1850-1899From Elizabeth Missing Sewell's Journal, 'Tuesday Evening, 9th June [1857]': 'I have just finished Mrs. Gaskell's [italics]Life of Miss Bronte[end italics]. Years ago, ...Elizabeth Missing Sewell Charlotte BronteJane EyrePrint: Book

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