Synopses & Reviews
Charlotte Brontës sweeping Victorian romance is reborn through the striking illustrations of the inimitable Dame Darcy.
A devoted readership will recognize Dame Darcy as the creator of highly original and off-kilter comic books. Here she uses her lavishly detailed illustrations to bring the best-loved Victorian novel Jane Eyre back into the spotlight. Darkly elegant illustrations draw back the novels curtain, revealing the depths of human depravity, despair, and ultimate redemption. Sure to impress traditional fans and newcomers alike, The Illustrated Jane Eyre updates the classic for a new era.
"In her own mind, [Darcy] has evidently usurped [Brontë]'s place. It's an act of creative presumption that Brontë who fought her way up from the fringe herself would probably forgive, especially if it helps get the book on the [Goth-girl] radar." Slate.com
About the Author
Charlotte Brontë lived from 1816 to 1855. In 1824 she was sent away to school with her four sisters and they were treated so badly that their father brought them home to Haworth in Yorkshire. The elder two sisters died within a few days and Charlotte and her sisters Emily and Anne were brought up in the isolated village. They were often lonely and loved to walk on the moors. They were all great readers and soon began to write small pieces of verse and stories.
Once Charlotte's informal education was over she began to work as a governess and teacher in Yorkshire and Belgium so that she could add to the low family income and help to pay for her brother Branwell's art education. Charlotte was a rather nervous young woman and didn't like to be away from home for too long. The sisters began to write more seriously and published poetry in 1846 under male pen names there was a lot of prejudice against women writers. The book was not a success and the sisters all moved on to write novels. Charlotte's best-known book, Jane Eyre, appeared in 1847 and was soon seen as a work of genius. Charlotte really knew how to make characters and situations come alive.
Charlotte's life was full of tragedy, never more so than when her brother Branwell and sisters Emily and Anne died within a few months in 1848/49. She married her father's curate in 1854 but died in 1855, before her fortieth birthday.
Dame Darcy has been called one of the most beguiling artists on the comics scene and has spent more than ten years casting spells over readers with her unique and alluring neo-Victorian illustration style. Creator of the original comic series, Meat Cake, her work has been reviewed by the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Comics Journal, Jane, Spin, and Paper magazines, and has appeared in BUST, Jelouse, and L.A. Weekly among others.