Sitting in the Red Room

This may be an appropriate time for a *squee*. However, I’m not sure *squee* cuts it, in this case.

I hope some of you can understand just how happy the following news makes me–maybe only a certain kind of writer/reader can.

I’ve been asked to write an introduction for the new edition of Jane Eyre by Norilana Books.

Though Ms. Bronte is practically the definition of “needs no introduction,” I can’t begin to overestimate how honored I am to be asked to do it. This is one of my favorite books, the reason this blog was called The Red Room for a year and a half. I’ve never been asked to write an introduction before, and this is a Canon book. Feminist canon, western canon, you name it.

I’m so happy to do it I can’t even say. Not to mention the fact that I’ve been promised front-cover credit, which means that somewhere in the world will be a copy of Jane EyreJane by-god Eyre!–that has my name below Charlotte’s. And that is a small “my life is now complete” moment. I feel like a real writer, and a real (well, quasi-real) academic today. I know I am one, by all measurements except that pesky unfinished graduate degree, but some days I don’t feel like it, and some days I do.

Which means today is a good day.

And I’ll do you proud, O shade of Charlotte, O ghost of Jane, I promise.

Posted in Blog Posts

305 Responses to Sitting in the Red Room

  1. snurri says:

    Wow! Very cool; congratulations!

  2. ratmmjess says:

    Good golly! That’s…wow. Well done!

  3. celtic_elk says:

    *gape* Wow. I suppose I’ll have to *read* it now. Go you!

  4. ladyvivien says:

    I’m so jealous, I could spit. But I’m also thrilled to bits for you, darlingest.

  5. Wow!

    When it comes out, let us know .}:)

  6. That’s quite a feather you get to put in your hat there, missy. ^_^


  7. alankria says:

    Oh wow. That is a bazillion kinds of awesome. Go you!

  8. themaskmaker says:

    That’s a huge honor. What a lovely holiday present! 🙂

  9. that is amazing. Congo-rats!

  10. cygnus says:

    How incredibly awesome. I think Brontë would be very happy to have your name with hers.


  11. That’s wonderful! Congratulations!

  12. qassandra says:

    That’s amazing. Congratulations!

  13. emerald_ibis says:

    !!!! That is incredibly wonderful! Congratulations!!!

  14. seajules says:

    Oh, that is so awesome! Congratulations!

  15. arliss says:

    This is a lovely thing. You’ll do her proud, I’m sure.

  16. never1eighty says:

    Wow. That’s seriously awesome, congrats!

  17. lunablack says:


    Very, very cool.

  18. coyotegrrrl says:

    *gasp* SO COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. sibylla says:

    Oh, holy crap! That’s the best, coolest thing ever! Congratulations!

  20. That’s awesome. Congrats. 🙂

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *