Bedside, Bathtub & Armchair Companion to Jane Austen

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Whether you've read Jane Austen once or read her yearly, or if you simply yearn to be Elizabeth or Mr. Darcy, this new Bedside companion will be a perfect match. Janeite and newcomer alike will revel in the entertaining capsules of each of Austen's beloved novels, along with information on such important subjects as white soup, carriages, what happened at the ha-ha, and, of course, all those characters we love to hate. In the spirit of Austen, maps, puzzles and quizzes are provided?including the one and only ...
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Overview


Whether you've read Jane Austen once or read her yearly, or if you simply yearn to be Elizabeth or Mr. Darcy, this new Bedside companion will be a perfect match. Janeite and newcomer alike will revel in the entertaining capsules of each of Austen's beloved novels, along with information on such important subjects as white soup, carriages, what happened at the ha-ha, and, of course, all those characters we love to hate. In the spirit of Austen, maps, puzzles and quizzes are provided—including the one and only Jane Austen aptitude Test. The reader is taken on location to Steventon, Jane Austen's childhood home, to Bath, the city she was happy to leave, and elsewhere. Also included is an interview with Karen J. Fowler, author of The Jane Austen Book Club. An Austentatious work, indeed!
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Editorial Reviews

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Could you pass a Jane Austen aptitude test or complete an Austen-themed crossword puzzle in ink? Whether you are capable of these tasks or aspire to be, you'll appreciate this latest edition in the popular series featuring studies of well-loved authors or their classic works (e.g., Charles Dickens, Frankenstein). With seriousness and good humor, Adams (The Sexual Politics of Meat), Douglas Buchanan, and Kelly Gesch have compiled commentaries on minute details in Austen's works. Readers will learn the importance of a good carriage, discover the ingredients in white soup and other foods consumed in Emma and Mansfield Park, and unearth the "myth-interpreting" themes of the books. The merchandizing of Austen is included, with a chapter on the best gifts for Austen fans. Novel summaries, character studies, time lines, and movie reviews are also included. Illustrations of Austen and her characters and photographs of manors and churches are just a few of the details that add to this excellent resource for book discussion groups, literature collections, and Janeites.
—Joyce Sparrow

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Meet the Author

Carol J. Adams is an activist and author of The Pornography of Meat, Living Among Meat Eaters, and many other books challenging a sexist, meat-eating world. She is a sought-after speaker throughout North America and Europe, and has been invited to more than 100 campuses to show "The Sexual Politics of Meat Slide Show," which is always being updated to include contemporary cultural representations.

Douglas Buchanan, whose interest is in artistic boundary-crossing, studies composition at the Peabody Conservatory with renowned American composer Michael Hersch; he is a recent honors graduate of the College of Wooster.

Kelly Gesch, who has completed graduate work in 19th-century women's literature and feminist theory, is an avid vocalist with interests in German and Russian art song. Kelly is also an honors graduate of the College of Wooster.

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Table of Contents

"You could not shock her more than she shockes me; / Beside her Joyce seems innocent as grass. / It makes me most uncomfortable to see / An English spinster of the middle class / Describe the amorous effects of 'brass,' / Reveal so frankly and with such sobriety / The economic basis of society."
First Impressions: On Reading Jane Austen Capsule: Pride and Prejudice Sidebar: Of White Soup and Darcy's 10,000 Pounds. Clearing up questions about these and other very important matters to Netherfield Park, Longbourn, adn Pemberley The Sentence - no other sentence in English literature has suffered the flattery of imitation as has the opening of Pride and Prejudice.
The Importance of a Good Carriage: traveling ca. 1812
Sidebar: More than a Constitutional: Heroines who Favor Walking Landscape and Austen A Mini-quiz of Austen
"Why I married her" by Mr Bennett What's Aldous Huxley got to do with it? Pride and Prejudice on Film. (From the 1940 [mis]treatment of the story to one of the most-watched programs in British broadcasting history [the BBC 1995 version] to the controversial 2005 post-nuptial kiss to Mrs Darcy—with a stop in India (Bride and Prejudice) and Bridget Jones.
Sidebar: Leading Men from Laurence Olivier to Colin Firth and Matthew McFayden Admirers: An intereview with Helen Fielding Mrs Bennett Was Right: The Marriage Plot in Austen Novels Pride and Prejudice: The Rejected Screenplays The Pride and Prejudice Quiz Jane Austen, the Early Years Map: Where Jane Austen Lived How to Celebrate Jane Austen's Birthday (Dec 16) in Style Capsule: Jane Austen's Juvenilia
"If She Could See Them Now"—Austen's relationship with her publishers A Reading Quiz—Link the books being read with the readers from Austen's novels Capsule: Sense and Sensibility Class and Austen Sidebar: The Clergy in Austen's Fiction Sense and Sensiblity on Film An Austen Dictionary: Georgian, Linens, Regency When and How to Read Jane Austen—A Poem What Makes a Janeite?
Capsule: Mansfield Park
"Why I Loved Mansfield Park"; "Why I Dislike Mansfield Park"
Mansfield Park on Film Reviewers: Who Said What about Jane Austen The Characters We Love to Hate—Lady Catherine de Bourgh et al Jane Austen's Letters Sidebar: Weather Report Capsule: Emma Wry Is Not Just a Location in Yorkshire—Jane Austen's Style.

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