101 Things You Didn't Know About Jane Austen: The Truth About the World's Most Intriguing Romantic Literary Heroine [NOOK Book]


Discover the long-kept secrets of literature's leading lady

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101 Things You Didn't Know About Jane Austen: The Truth About the World's Most Intriguing Romantic Literary Heroine

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Discover the long-kept secrets of literature's leading lady

You've read Emma. You own Pride and Prejudice. You love Sense and Sensibility. But do you know all there is to know about Jane Austen?

Find answers to such questions as:

  • Who was the Irishman who stole her heart?
  • Why was their affair doomed?
  • Which Austen heroine most resembled Jane?
  • Who were the real Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy?
  • Why did Jane never marry?

These fascinating secrets and much more are revealed in 101 Things You Didn't Know about Jane Austen.

Romantic. Tragic. Mysterious.
And you thought Austen's heroines led intriguing lives.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440517129
  • Publisher: F+W Media
  • Publication date: 1/19/2007
  • Series: 101 Things
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,120,572
  • File size: 961 KB

Table of Contents

Introduction     xiii
Birth of a Heroine     1
The Austens of Steventon     1
Bloodline of a genius     3
Late-eighteenth-century England: Austen and revolution     4
Beautiful Hampshire     7
A family member meets the guillotine     8
Jane's education     10
Boys everywhere; How did this single woman write so perceptively about men?     12
Putting on plays     15
Brother Edward's fairy-tale good fortune     17
The other writer m the Austen family     19
Brilliant Beginnings     22
What did Jane Austen really look like?     22
Was Jane Austen a fashion victim?     24
Hilarious violence and vice; the surprise of Austen's earliest writings     26
More juvenilia     28
Love and Freindship-yes, that's how she spelled it!     30
Freindship? Spelling and grammar     33
Lady Susan-Austen's fabulously wicked heroine     36
Gothic pleasures     38
Young Jane in love-who was Tom Lefroy?     41
Cassandra Austen, real-life tragic heroine     45
First Impressions: Why didn't Pride and Prejudice keep its first title?     49
Eliza: cousin andfriend becomes sister     50
How was Elinor and Marianne drastically different from Sense and Sensibility?     52
Jane Cooper: another cousin's improbably romantic-and tragically short-life     55
Arrested for shoplifting!     57
Silence and Disappointed Love     60
What distressing news made Jane faint?     60
Did Jane Austen really hate Bath?     61
The marriage proposal     64
More publishing woes     66
"A little sea-bathing would set me up forever"     68
Jane's mysterious Devon lover     71
Madam Lefroy     72
Death of a beloved father     74
Why was The Watsons left unfinished?     76
The other Emma     79
Southampton     81
The Glorious Years     84
Edward to the rescue     84
The creaking door     86
Today's "self-published" writers are in good company: Sense and Sensibility     87
First success     89
Light & bright & sparkling     90
A truth universally acknowledged     92
Which of Jane's heroines did her mother call "insipid"?     93
Dedicated to the one I hate: Jane and the Prince Regent      95
Hints from various quarters     99
Who was Martha Lloyd and why did she live with jane?     102
London     104
Mrs. Austen: What was Jane's mother like?     106
Jane Austen, poet     108
Was Jane Austen a snob?     110
"What have wealth or grandeur to do with happiness?"     113
"Oh! what a Henry"     116
Sisters-in-law     118
"A very musical society"     119
Drawing     122
"A curricle was the prettiest equipage in the world": horses and carriages     125
Jane Austen's gardens     129
"To be fond of dancing"     130
Heroes and Heroines     134
Why are there so many clergymen in Jane Austen's novels?     134
"Fine naval fervour" I: Frank Austen     137
"Fine naval fervour" II: Charles Austen     139
"Fine naval fervour" III: Mansfield Park     141
"Fine naval fervour" IV: Persuasion     143
So who was the real Mr. Darcy? (And Mr. Knightley, and Captain Wentworth...)     145
Bad boys     146
Bad parents     148
Brothers and sisters     151
Husbands and wives     154
"Connubial felicity"      156
Love at first sight     159
"Pictures of perfection"     162
Emma Woodhouse     163
"All young ladies accomplished!"     165
"Rather natural than heroic"     167
Prudence and romance     171
Girlfriends     173
"Till this moment, I never knew myself"     176
Home     178
"She learned romance as she grew older"     181
City girl     183
Obsession     185
Fashion     188
What do Austen's novels say about beauty?     191
Untimely Death     195
For which novel do we have two endings?     195
What did Jane Austen say about Mrs. Darcy?     197
Anna Austen     199
Fanny Knight     201
Jane Austen's religion     204
Sanditon: a glimpse of uncharted land     205
What killed Jane Austen?     207
Jane Austen's will     209
What secrets do Jane Austen's letters reveal?     210
Posthumous publication: Northanger Abbey and Persuasion     212
Jane Austen remembered     214
Austen and Popular Culture: From the Eighteenth Century to the Twenty-First      217
Who were Jane Austen's favorite novelists?     217
Which poets did she like?     219
Did Jane Austen and Sir Walter Scott ever meet?     222
Victorians and others     224
Just how many film, television, and stage adaptations of Austen novels have there been?     226
"The little bit (two Inches wide) of Ivory"     228
Winchester Cathedral     230
References     231
Index     237
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2008


    Most biographies of Jane Austen will reveal the quiet life of maiden Aunt Jane, who scribbled in secret, loved to dance, and lived her entire life in the country removed from the chaos of the world. Did you also know that she was also romantic, tragic and mysterious? Patrice Hannon¿s 101 Things You Didn¿t Know About Jane Austen: The Truth About The World¿s Most Intriguing Literary Heroine,is a gem of little Austenisms quite suitable for gift giving. Despite having one of the longest and most misleading titles of any book about Jane Austen of recent memory, the contents are as appealing as the easy to read format. In Jane Austen¿s 18th-century world, acquired knowledge was considered one of the most powerful and important skills of a polished society. Today we recognize the same benefits, but want our education to be forthright and expeditious. For anyone interested in the knowledge of Jane Austen¿s life and works in a compact and fact driven format, this book can serve as a great resource and quick reference. Categorized into seven parts Birth of a Heroine, Brilliant Beginnings, Silence and Disappointed Love, The Glorious Years, Heroes and Heroines, Untimely Death, and Austen and Popular Culture: From Eighteenth Century to the Twenty-First, this illuminating guide takes you through all aspects of Jane Austen¿s life journey and writing experience, revealing common facts, new insights, and minutia. If you are interested, as I was, to know which heroine most resembles the author herself, who were the real Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy and why Jane never married, you will not be disappointed in this bright little book that is well researched, engaging, and incredibly practical. Posted by Laurel Ann, Austenprose

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