Searching for Jane Austen
University of Wisconsin Press, 2004 - 344 páginas
Searching for Jane Austen demolishes with wit and vivacity the often-held view of "Jane," a decorous maiden aunt writing her small drawing-room stories of teas and balls. Emily Auerbach presents a different Jane Austen—a brilliant writer who, despite the obstacles facing women of her time, worked seriously on improving her craft and became one of the world’s greatest novelists, a master of wit, irony, and character development.
In this beautifully illustrated and lively work, Auerbach surveys two centuries of editing, censoring, and distorting Austen’s life and writings. Auerbach samples Austen’s flamboyant, risqué adolescent works featuring heroines who get drunk, lie, steal, raise armies, and throw rivals out of windows. She demonstrates that Austen constantly tested and improved her skills by setting herself a new challenge in each of her six novels.
In addition, Auerbach considers Austen’s final irreverent writings, discusses her tragic death at the age of forty-one, and ferrets out ridiculous modern adaptations and illustrations, including ads, cartoons, book jackets, newspaper articles, plays, and films from our own time. An appendix reprints a ground-breaking article that introduced Mark Twain’s "Jane Austen," an unfinished and unforgettable essay in which Twain and Austen enter into mortal combat.
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... idea of what her character is meant to be ; that her heart was affectionate , her
disposition cheerful and open , without conceit or affectation of any kind - her
manners just removed from the awkwardness and shyness of a girl ; her person ...
Once Emma has seized a notion ( Harriet will marry Frank ) , she makes
everything around her fit her plan : “ She had taken up the idea . . . and made
every thing bend to it ” ( 134 ) . When Frank rescues Harriet from some rowdy
The idea filled her with horror . . . . She threw herself on the turf , almost fainting
with fear and languor . She knew if the Marquis detected her in an attempt to
escape , he would , probably , burst the bounds which he had hitherto prescribed
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An excellent book on the image vs the reality of Jane Austen. Emily Auerbach may be in danger of being drummed out of academia for writing a book that is so well-researched and so detailed, and yet so ... Ler crítica na íntegra
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