A Jane Austen Education

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A Jane Austen Education

How Six Novels Taught Me about Love, Friendship, and the Things That Really Matter

By William Deresiewicz

Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143121251, 255pp.

Publication Date: April 24, 2012

Before Jane Austen, William Deresiewicz was a very different young man. A sullen and arrogant graduate student, he never thought Austen would have anything to offer him. Then he read "Emma "and everything changed.

In this unique and lyrical book, Deresiewicz weaves the misadventures of Austen's characters with his own youthful follies, demonstrating the power of the great novelist's teachings and how, for Austen, growing up and making mistakes are one and the same. Honest, erudite, and deeply moving, "A Jane Austen Education" is the story of one man's discovery of the world outside himself.

About the Author
William Deresiewicz is a contributing writer for the Nation and a contributing editor for the New Republic and the American Scholar. An associate professor of English at Yale University until 2008, he is the author of the highly acclaimed A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me About Love, Friendship, and the Things That Really Matter.