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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She looks like a peevish hamster . ” 43 Perhaps in part because they are ... ruffles
and a fake Mona Lisa smile ? Just as Edith Wharton ' s husband remarked to a
visitor as he pointed to his wife ' s hourglass figure , “ Look at that small waist .
I look upon myself to be Sir a perfect Beauty - where would you see a finer figure
or a more charming face . Then , sir I imagine my Manners and Address to be of
the most polished kind ; there is a certain elegance a peculiar sweetness in them
Even later she can look at this time and feel helped by her own helpfulness : “
Her usefulness to little Charles would always give some sweetness to the
memory of her two months visit there ” ( 93 ) . In another unforgettable scene ,
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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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