If you haven't gotten your Jane Austen fix yet, you might want to find out what insightful William Deresiewicz has to say on the subject of Jane and all her novels.
DESCRIPTION: In A Jane Austen Education, Austen scholar William Deresiewicz turns to the author's novels to reveal the remarkable life lessons hidden within. With humor and candor, Deresiewicz employs his own experiences to demonstrate the enduring power of Austen's teachings. Progressing from his days as an immature student to a happily married man, Deresiewicz's A Jane Austen Education is the story of one man's discovery of the world outside himself.
|“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.“ Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen|
Weaving his own story-and Austen's-around the ones her novels tell, Deresiewicz shows how her books are both about education and themselves an education. Her heroines learn about friendship and feelings, staying young and being good, and, of course, love. As they grow up, they learn lessons that are imparted to Austen's reader, who learns and grows by their sides.
A Jane Austen Education is a testament to the transformative power of literature, a celebration of Austen's mastery, and a joy to read. Whether for a newcomer to Austen or a lifelong devotee, Deresiewicz brings fresh insights to the novelist and her beloved works. Ultimately, Austen's world becomes indelibly entwined with our own, showing the relevance of her message and the triumph of her vision.
"Like a lot of men, I thought Austen was chick lit: soap-opera romance, fluffy and boring. When a friend of mine heard I was writing this book, he said “I expect a lot of sex and dating advice.” It was an understandable assumption, and my friend’s, no doubt, was based on all those movies—the ones with the beautiful gowns, and the beautiful homes, and the beautiful actresses. The ones with all the swoony music and the lush, romantic lighting, the ones that leave out everything that Austen had to say to us except the love—and then, don’t even get the love part right." Deresiewicz says about Jane and her writing.
This nonfiction piece gives some new insights you might enjoy other than having to write a paper on Jane's works.
“I doubt it’s being very clever myself,” said Mr. Weston. “It is too much a matter of fact, but here it is. - What two letters of the alphabet are there, that express perfection?”
“What two letters! - express perfection! I am sure I do not know.”
“Ah! you will never guess. You, (to Emma), I am certain you will never guess. - I will tell you. - M. and A. - Em -ma. - Do you understand?”(EMMA-Jane Austen)