Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Non-Fiction Tuesday Mr. Darcy's Guide to Courtship



Inspired by the works of Jane Austen, the amusingly tongue-in-cheek Mr Darcy’s Guide to Courtship is written from the perspective of Pride and Prejudice’s Mr. Darcy and closely based on real Regency advice manuals. It is a hilarious and irreverent picture of the social mores of the period and of how men thought about women – and sheds amusing light on men of the modern age, too! Readers can dip into different sections for Darcy's views on a myriad of issues, including "What Females Want", "The Deceptions of Beautiful Women" and “Winning Their Affections, Flattery, Making Conversation, and Flirting!" Also included are sections written by Pride and Prejudice’s Miss Caroline Bingley and Mr Darcy’s correspondence with famous Regency figures including the Duke of Wellington.
“I certainly have not the talent which some people possess,’ said Darcy, “of conversing easily with those I have never seen before. I cannot catch their tone of conversation, or appear interested in their concerns, as I often see done.” 

If you are a Jane Austen fan and love everything in her world you will definitely want to add this one to your library.

"Written in Mr. Darcy's characteristic blunt, tongue-in-cheek style from before Miss Elizabeth Bennet tempered his opinions, the book takes a lighthearted perspective on courtship and marriage, the practice of which Darcy considers perfectly abominable. The book catches Darcy's characteristic pride for himself and disdain for all things related to love and marriage, all in his usually offensive manner. The commentary is complete with the inclusion of several humorous caricatures and charts regarding the content. Fun read."—Deseret News
Any savage can dance.
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-Mr. Darcy
Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice 

Emily Brand is a writer and historian with a special interest in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century England. She has written widely on domestic and family life for a number of history and genealogy magazines and also wrote the hit 'Royal Weddings' and 'The Georgian Bawdyhouse' for Shire. She writes regularly for 'Jane Austen's Regency World', the go-to journal for Austen-lovers. The author lives in Oxford, UK.

I reflect with great satisfaction that at present, in common with a noted musician and philosopher, while I am beset by nigh on one hundred grievances, a vexatious female need not be counted among them.
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Mr. Darcy’s Guide to Courtship
Emily Brand
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3 comments:

Fashion-Bridge said...

Such a cute post! and I love the movie and the book;)

Xx

Alexandra

www.fashion-bridge.blogspot.com

Cafe Fashionista said...

This looks so adorable! :)

Sara Gerard said...

I have heard that this was awesome!