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Jane Eyre Revisited… Again

Jane Eyre is a classic I love to revisit. I don't think I am alone, considering the oodles of sequels, adaptations, and movies based on the book. And [rapturous sigh] a new movie version is being released on March 11, 2011. If you are a fellow Eyre-head, browse the Jane-related works at CPL to pass the time as you wait breathlessly for the latest movie to premiere.


Jane Eyre — I love Charlotte Gainsbourg as Jane, but, really, what were they thinking to cast William Hurt as Rochester?

Jane Eyre by BBC Enterprises — I can't help myself. I adore this 1985 BBC miniseries, even though Timothy Dalton is way too handsome to be Rochester.

Jane Eyre by BBC; WGBH Boston — Speaking of good looking, have you seen this Masterpiece Theatre version with Toby Stephens?

Jane Eyre by London Weekend Television in association with A&E Television Networks — Ciaran Hinds and Samantha Morton turn in fine performances, but the script is lacking.

Jane Eyre by Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation — The classic Orson Welles/Joan Fontaine black and white film.

Jane Eyre — George C. Scott and Susannah York star in this 1970 movie.

Reworkings and Sequels in Print

Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys; introduction by Francis Wyndham — A prequel, focusing on the first Mrs. Rochester, Bertha Mason. Also a movie.

Adèle: Jane Eyre's hidden story by Emma Tennant — This sequel centers on Adele, Rochester's ward.

Jane by April Lindner — A young adult contemporary retelling with a rock star in the Rochester role.

The Eyre affair: a novel by Jasper Fforde — In Fforde's wacky universe a Prose Portal has been invented, allowing people to enter the novel world of Jane Eyre.