A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me About Love, Friendship, and the Things That Really Matter
Before Jane Austen, William Deresiewicz was a very different young man. A sullen and arrogant graduate student, he never thought Austen would have anything to offer him. Then he read Emma—and everything changed. In this unique and lyrical book, Deresiewicz weaves the misadventures of... show more
Before Jane Austen, William Deresiewicz was a very different young man. A sullen and arrogant graduate student, he never thought Austen would have anything to offer him. Then he read Emma—and everything changed. In this unique and lyrical book, Deresiewicz weaves the misadventures of Austen’s characters with his own youthful follies, demonstrating the power of the great novelist’s teachings—and how, for Austen, growing up and making mistakes are one and the same. Honest, erudite, and deeply moving, A Jane Austen Education is the story of one man’s discovery of the world outside himself.
Publish date: April 28th 2011
Publisher: Penguin Press
Pages no: 255
Edition language: English
, Non Fiction
, Literary Criticism
, Books About Books
, Literary Fiction
, Biography Memoir
First things first: I love Jane Austen's novels. They are clever, often biting in their social commentary, and give us a picture of everyday life during the Regency era.So, I was a little surprised when author William Deresiewicz started off the book by telling us how much he hated Jane Austen when ...
This is a strange little book. It's part literary criticism, part biography, part autobiography, and part rambling on the nature of the various relationships we all find ourselves in. The author had a number of really good insights, but sometimes his modernist worldview got in the way and he could n...
I was wandering my library shelves when I found this book. What drew me wast the fact that it was about Jane Austen but was written by a man. I have never heard more disparaging comments about Jane Austen than from men who have never read her work. I took it home and was completely sucked in. In fa...
This made me want to reread every single Jane Austen novel, starting with Northanger Abbey. Henry Tilney 4 life.Also, this man has serious father issues.
I'm a graduate student studying English, and it's a welcome change to find flattering literary criticism concerning Jane Austen. I'm not sure why critics always attack Austen, but I was pleasantly surprised by Deresiewicz's book. He points out lessons he learned from reading Austen, and applie...