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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Austen ' s competitive quip about novelist Sir Walter Scott ( “ I do not like him , &
do not mean to like Waverley ” ) becomes lobotomized into “ I do not mean to like
Waverley . ” Readers of the Memoir also miss hearing her snipe about an ...
Are we to admire Elinor for using a hypocritical means to a social end , or
applaud Marianne for refusing to play the game ... are nosy , rude , boring , and
mean , rather than continuing to exchange Christmas cards and pleasantries with
For me , I mean ? Maybe that is it . She makes me detest all her people , without
reserve . Is that her intention ? It is not believable . Then is it her purpose to make
the reader detest her people up to the middle of the book and like them in the ...
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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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