Publisher and Publication Date: Continuum International Publishing Group Inc. 2008.
Genre: Nonfiction. Jane Austen. Regency Period. Women and Literature. Biography.
Source: Library paperback copy.
Audience: Jane Austen readers. Biography and history readers.
If you are new to Jane Austen. If you haven’t read Jane Austen stories in a long time. This book is a good companion piece to become reacquainted with her works.
Examples of chapters:
“The Importance of a Good Carriage”
“The Clergy in Austen’s Fiction”
“On Reading Jane Austen”
“Jane Austen at the Movies”
All of Austen’s books have a chapter. The Watsons and Lady Susan share a chapter.
Illustrations are scattered throughout the book. They are all in black and white.
Don’t buy the book. If you can find it at the library do so. If you can find the book on discount as an ebook, this too is a great idea.
It’s a quick read.
It’s a book that can be used as a reference.
It’s not necessary to read it cover to cover.
The chapters are short.
What’s notable: An interesting essay on Willoughby (male character in Sense and Sensibility) as a sociopath.