This is not a new novel, far from it, and countless reviews have certainly been written on it. There are probably some Coles notes available and every new edition has its own explanatory preface about the novel and its writer, one of the BrontÃ« sisters.
I was impressed enough by it, though, to want to share my impressions both as a reader and as a writer.
The novel, originally published in 1848 under the pseudonym of Acton Bell, was deemed scandalous and “utterly unfit to be put into the hands of girls.” It is considered the first feminist novel, and a novel that frankly addresses the differences in what is permissible for the two sexes. Continue reading