Why did Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre shock the Victorian world? What was it like to read the latest Charles Dickens work as a serial, doled out in increments over several months? Why was Ray Bradbury inspired to write Farhenheit 451?
Don't read a classic novel with knowing only half the story. Enhanced Classics tells the whole story.
Lori Wark graduated Suma Cum laude from Trinity University, DC, in 1992. During her time at Trinity, she was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society and Alpha Sigma Lambda. She was also selected to Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities and winner of the T Pin, the highest award given to a Trinity student. After graduation Lori received a Watson Fellowship giving her the opportunity to live in Haworth, England, the home of the Brontës. During that year Lori had access to papers and materials located at the Brontë Parsonage Museum for research purposes. She videotaped interviews with Brontë scholar, Juliet Barker, former curator of the Brontë Parsonage and author of the definitive work on the Brontës. She also videotaped conversations with writer and broadcaster, Rebecca Frazer, author Edward Chitham as well as noted local Haworth historians, Ian Dewhurst, MBE, and Steven Wood. Her year in Haworth included travel to other Brontë associated regions: Brussels to meet with a direct descendant of Prof. Constantin Heger, Charlotte's teacher in Brussels; Penzance, Cornwall, birthplace of Maria Branwell, mother of the Brontës; and County Down, Northern Ireland, birth place of Patrick, their father. Returning from her year abroad, Lori worked with Discovery.com, National Geographic, Colonial Williamsburg, Animal planet, The Jane Goodall Institute and others producing interactive and oral history stories for the web. For the last few years, Lori has reflected back on her Haworth journey and has decided to create Enhanced Classics, which uses technology to encourage the reading of classic literature and at the same time create an understanding about remarkable lives and influences of each author. Lori returns to Haworth periodically, which has become her second home.
Lori has loved to read from time she could pick up a book. She tends to read classic literature and biographies. Enhanced Classics combines these two passions in one digital classic novel. The first edition is Jane Eyre: An Autobiography by Charlotte Brontë. Readers can immerse themselves in the gothic story of Jane Eyre while learning about the life and times of Charlotte Brontë as well as many of the themes and symbolisms running throughout the book. All information has been meticulously researched and leading scholars have participated in this project. This is the first edition of many. For the next edition, a Jane Austen work is being considered. If you have a particular classic work you would like to see become an Enhanced Classic, please contact us.
Enhanced Classics has grown out of the belief that to really understand a classic work, you have to get to know the person who was compelled to write the story.
Enhanced Classic integrates a variety of media about the author's life and times within the novel—video interviews with respected scholars, slide shows relevant to the storyline or author's life, audio of music from the era, definitions of period words or translations of dialects and languages, complete bibliographies and references. All information is meticulously researched and inserted into the text of the novel at appropriate times, so as not to disrupt the reading experience. Media used throughout book is also inserted in an separate section for easy reference.
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