A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me about Love, Friendship, and the Things That Really Matter
An eloquent memoir of a young man's life transformed by literature. In A Jane Austen Education, Austen scholar William Deresiewicz turns to the author's novels to reveal the remarkable life lessons hidden within. With humor and candor, Deresiewicz employs his own experiences to demonstrate the... show more
An eloquent memoir of a young man's life transformed by literature. In A Jane Austen Education, Austen scholar William Deresiewicz turns to the author's novels to reveal the remarkable life lessons hidden within. With humor and candor, Deresiewicz employs his own experiences to demonstrate the enduring power of Austen's teachings. Progressing from his days as an immature student to a happily married man, Deresiewicz's A Jane Austen Education is the story of one man's discovery of the world outside himself.A self-styled intellectual rebel dedicated to writers such as James Joyce and Joseph Conrad, Deresiewicz never thought Austen's novels would have anything to offer him. But when he was assigned to read Emma as a graduate student at Columbia, something extraordinary happened. Austen's devotion to the everyday, and her belief in the value of ordinary lives, ignited something in Deresiewicz. He began viewing the world through Austen's eyes and treating those around him as generously as Austen treated her characters. Along the way, Deresiewicz was amazed to discover that the people in his life developed the depth and richness of literary characters-that his own life had suddenly acquired all the fascination of a novel. His real education had finally begun.Weaving his own story-and Austen's-around the ones her novels tell, Deresiewicz shows how her books are both about education and themselves an education. Her heroines learn about friendship and feeling, staying young and being good, and, of course, love. As they grow up, they learn lessons that are imparted to Austen's reader, who learns and grows by their sides.A Jane Austen Education is a testament to the transformative power of literature, a celebration of Austen's mastery, and a joy to read. Whether for a newcomer to Austen or a lifelong devotee, Deresiewicz brings fresh insights to the novelist and her beloved works. Ultimately, Austen's world becomes indelibly
Publish date: April 28th 2011
Pages no: 272
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...