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Perhaps the first modern novelist, Jane Austen (1775-1817) has left an indelible mark on the world of letters. She is best known as the author of penetrating studies of domestic life and manners, and her novels such as Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), and Mansfield Park (1814) continue to be read and appreciated today. Yet Austen also wrote numerouPerhaps the first modern novelist, Jane Austen (1775-1817) has left an indelible mark on the world of letters. She is best known as the author of penetrating studies of domestic life and manners, and her novels such as Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), and Mansfield Park (1814) continue to be read and appreciated today. Yet Austen also wrote numerous other pieces and a substantial body of letters. While her novels have received large amounts of critical attention, scholars have also increasingly studied her other writings, and Austen scholarship continues to grow each year. This reference book is an accurate, comprehensive, and detailed guide to her life and career.A chronology outlines the principal events in her life and places her within larger literary and historical contexts. The several hundred alphabetically arranged entries that follow identify characters and family members, discuss works and themes, and synthesize the large body of criticism that has grown around her works. Every one of her texts, including all of her minor writings, has a separate entry, as have most of her fictional characters. Entries for individual works typically provide details of composition and publication, a plot summary and critical commentary, a list of characters, and bibliographical references. The volume closes with an extensive bibliography of works by and about her....

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ISBN : 9780313300172
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 440 Pages
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  • Vicki
    2018-11-21 09:24

    This is a really well organized book of information about all things Austen. There is a small section of drawings about the carriages (The Barouche Box!) and bonnets of the time, as well as dresses and pictures of places -- the steps at Lyme where Louisa Musgrove falls, and the house at Chawton. The characters and places they inhabit are listed alphabetically in the book -- if you want to know everything the novels tell us about that person in a condensed way, then this is the place to turn.There are some really impressive things about this book, in particular the historical timeline that Poplawski has created -- historical in terms of Austen and the British Empire. It tells us what she was seeing and when she was seeing it. There's an exhaustive index, and that's really useful, too. If you want to know what funny little things are, like Quadrille or Vingtun and Commerce, you won't really find it here. But it's a fantastic view of what the Lady created and the world she came from, and is perfect for browsing for an idle hour or for serious study.