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, 288pp.)

Publication Date: April 24, 2012

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover, Hardcover

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the May 2011 Indie Next List
“Austen lovers, rejoice! This intelligent, lively look at the beloved author's novels and what they offered in life lessons to one graduate student will resonate with all Austen fans - and others as well. Like many of us, Deresiewicz, an Austen scholar, found deep lessons on life, love, friendship, and marriage in the pages and parlors of dear Jane's books. A delightful read!”
-- Christine Grabish, MacDonald Book Shop, Estes Park, CO


Description

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 widely published book critic and the author of Jane Austen and the Romantic Poets. He was nominated for National Magazine Awards in 2008, 2009, and 2011 and the National Book Critics Circle’s Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing in 2010 and 2011.

www.billderesiewicz.com

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