Charlotte Brontë

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Currer Bell can write prose as well as poetry. He has fertile invention, great power of description, and a happy faculty for conceiving and sketching character. Jane Eyre is a remarkable novel, in all respects very far indeed above the average of those which the literary journalist is doomed every season to peruse, and of which he can say nothing either in praise or condemnation (pp. 227-8).

First published 30 October 1847.