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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When Austen turns in the next paragraph to a supposed description of Mrs . Allen
, she demonstrates her own wit by ... The air of a gentlewoman , a great deal of
quiet , inactive good temper , and a trifling turn of mind , were all that could ...
FAR FROM HOME AND CLOSE TO DANGER , CATHERINE HAS NOWHERE TO
TURN ! ... of grocery store best - sellers ( “ A shrieking , freezing horror . . . turns a
beautiful woman into a shriveled husk before she has time to scream ” ) .
Although Edward tells Elinor that “ gaiety never was a part of my character , " one
senses that the esprit he displays here while unhappily engaged to Lucy has the
potential to turn to genuine mirth once he is blessed with a happy marriage ( 93 )
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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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