Jane Eyre is considered a classic of English literature and the masterwork of Charlotte Brontë. Though it was her first published novel, it was the second that she wrote — The Professor was her first, though it was published only after the author’s death. Jane Eyre was published in October, 1847 under Charlotte’s pen name Currer Bell. Though it was met with some controversy, it was also an instant success.
Jane’s love for her employer, the mysterious Mr. Rochester is concurrent with her desire to be an independent woman with dominion over her own strong views and identity. This novel was unusual for its time, with the exploration of the inner world of the narrator at its center. Here are selected quotes from Jane Eyre that speak to the author’s sensibilities and strong opinions. Read More→
Anita Loos (1889 – 1981) was an incredibly prolific screenwriter, playwright, and writer of fiction and memoir, best known for Gentleman Prefer Blondes — the bestselling book, successful Broadway show, and blockbuster movie. Known for her charm, wit, and charisma, this petite powerhouse’s way with words should never be forgotten. Here’s a sampling of quotes by Anita Loos.
“A kiss on the hand may feel very, very good, but a diamond and sapphire bracelet lasts forever.”
“I’m furious about the Women’s Liberationists. They keep getting up on soap-boxes and proclaiming that women are brighter than men. That’s true, but it should be kept very quote or it ruins the whole racket.” Read More→
Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892 – 1950) was an American poet and playwright considered a major figure in twentieth-century literature. Some argue that she is yet to be fully appreciated. Millay’s writing talents were first recognized when she was 19, with the poem “Renascence.” Her first collection, A Few Figs from Thistles, was published in 1921. In her lifetime she became quite famous both for her talent and her unconventional lifestyle. Here are quotes by Edna St. Vincent Millay, many brief and pointed, their simplicity belying the complexity of the poet herself.
“A person who publishes a book appears willfully in public eye with his pants down. If it is a good book nothing can hurt him. If it is a bad book nothing can help him.”
“I am glad that I paid so little attention to good advice; had I abided by it I might have been saved from some of my most valuable mistakes.” Read More→
There was likely no one more surprised than Margaret Mitchell (1900 – 1949) herself when her novel Gone With The Wind. It became such a publishing phenomenon. It was published in over 40 countries, and adapted into the faithful 1939 film. She may have modeled Scarlett O’Hara, one of the most complex and charismatic of literary heroines, after herself. Here are quotes from GWTW and other gems from the pen of Margaret Mitchell. Read More→
Martha Gellhorn (1908 – 1998) was a war correspondent that covered nearly every major global conflict in the course of her 60-year career, from the Spanish Civil War to Vietnam to the Central American wars of the 1980s Also a prolific novelist and travel writer, she was briefly married to Ernest Hemingway, but didn’t want to be a “footnote” to his life. Bold and fearless, Martha Gellhorn’s cyncal view of humanity comes through in this selection of quotes.
“Gradually I came to realize that people will more readily swallow lies than truth, as if the taste of lies was honey, appetizing, a habit.”
“Nothing is better for self-esteem than survival” (Travels with Myself and Another, 1978) Read More→