ane Eyre, the prototype novel of all the ""governess novels"" that are still being churned out in imitation, had a fascinating author whose life was, in many ways, more touching and more moving than that of her heroine. She was a timid, insecure ?oman and for her to venture from a country parsonage to the London publishing scene of the 19th century is a story that will appeal to the age group that has made ne Eyre its own in waves of generations. This biography concentrates on the events that took place between her 17th and 31st years. It was a shabby genteel existence that the Brontes struggled against; it was a lengthy, Victorian love that Charlotte had for her father's curate; and it was at first a frightening then satisfying world she met in London after the secret of her pseudonym was revealed. There is a great deal of fictionalized conversation to carry the information, the accuracy of which was approved by the President of the Bronte Society. An attempt is made to recreate the family-centered milieu in which Charlotte moved. A list of suggested reading is supplied for those who may wish a deeper portrait of the subject.