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
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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.