Illustrated by F. H. Townsend Jane Eyre is an 1847 novel by Charlotte Bronte, published by Smith, Elder & Company, London. It is one of the most famous of British novels. Charlotte Bronte first published the book as Jane Eyre: An Autobiography under the pseudonym Currer Bell. The novel was an immediate critical and popular success. Especially effusive in his praises was William Makepeace Thackeray, to whom Charlotte Bronte dedicated the novel's second edition, which was illustrated by F. H. Townsend.Jane Eyre is a first-person narrative of the title character, a small, plain-faced, intelligent, and passionate English orphan girl. The plot follows the form of a Bildungsroman, a novel that tells the story of a child's maturation and focuses on the emotions and experiences that lead to her maturity. Excerpted from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.