The Friendly Jane Austen: A Well-Mannered Introduction to a Lady of Sense and Sensibility [NOOK Book]

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Every generation rediscovers Jane Austen with a renewed passion for her timeless stories of romance, family relations, and foibles of human nature. Today she is more popular than ever. Natalie Tyler captures the essence of this enthusiasm in a book that shuns obscure academic approaches and provides lively discussions about every one of Austen's novels and characters. Readers can experience the highlights of Austen's early writings, learn about the man who almost won her hand, and puzzle over what on earth she ...
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The Friendly Jane Austen: A Well-Mannered Introduction to a Lady of Sense and Sensibility

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Overview

Every generation rediscovers Jane Austen with a renewed passion for her timeless stories of romance, family relations, and foibles of human nature. Today she is more popular than ever. Natalie Tyler captures the essence of this enthusiasm in a book that shuns obscure academic approaches and provides lively discussions about every one of Austen's novels and characters. Readers can experience the highlights of Austen's early writings, learn about the man who almost won her hand, and puzzle over what on earth she meant by the last line of Persuasion. Tyler includes quizzes, eye-catching illustrations, interviews with Austen scholars and lovers of her work-such as Jane Smiley, T. C. Boyle, and Miss Manners-plus a filmography, a bibliography, and browsable quotes and sidebars to create this wildly entertaining Austen companion.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101191538
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 8/1/2001
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • File size: 3 MB

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Preface xvii
On Jane Austen 1
How Do We Love Jane Austen? Let Us Count The Ways 7
Are You a Janeite? 11
Do You Belong to the School of Gentle Jane? 11
Do You Belong to the Ironic Jane School? 12
Do You Belong to the Subversive Jane School? 12
Part I Early Life and Juvenilia 15
Early Life and Family 17
Steventon: The Austen Family 17
Bringing Up Baby 17
A Pruned Family Tree: Jane Austen's Immediate Family 19
Life at the Steventon Rectory 24
The Family Appearance 26
"Cacoethes Scribendi": The Incurable Itch to Write 27
The Abbey School 28
Dancing Days and Juvenilia 31
Highlights of the Juvenilia 31
Authorial Apprenticeship and Ridiculous Novels 34
The Loiterer 35
Volume the First: Pulp Fiction 36
Frederic and Elfrida: An Auspicious Debut 37
Decapitations Are Us: Austen's Early Motif of Beheadings 38
"My Hat, on Which My Principal Hopes of Happiness Depend" 39
Volume the Second: "Sallies, Bonmots & Repartees" 40
Love and Freindship 40
The History of England 41
Revolutions 43
Volume the Third: Evelyn and Catherine, or The Bower 43
Lady Susan 44
Mrs. Leigh-Perrot: Austen's Brush with Incarceration and Other Scandals 46
A Recipe for Syllabub 47
Tom Lefroy, Harris Bigg-Wither, and Other Suitors 48
Leaving Steventon 51
Bath 51
Mr. Austen Exits Life's Pulpit 53
Regina Barreca: Jane Austen as "Bad Girl" 54
The Watsons 57
The Marriage Plot 58
Part II Major Works 63
Northanger Abbey 65
Publication: A Fraught Road 67
Rakes and Rattles 68
"Learning to Love a Hyacinth" 69
Joan Vredenburgh on Bath and General Tilney 71
The Nature of Gothic Novels 73
David Riede on Jane Austen and Romanticism 75
"A Neighborhood of Voluntary Spies" 77
A Very Respectable Man, Though His Name Was Richard 79
John Thorpe's Horse and Gig 80
Henry Tilney's Knowledge of Muslin 81
Quiz: Letter Writing in the Novels 82
John Thorpe and Henry Tilney on Mrs. Radcliffe 84
Jim Buckley on General Tilney's Rumford Fireplace 85
Money 86
Average Income, England and Wales, 1803 87
"The Tell-Tale Compression of the Pages" 89
Sense and Sensibility 90
The Novels of Sensibility 92
The Dangers of Sensibility 92
Sense and Sensibility: A Checklist 93
James Battersby on Jane Austen and the Eighteenth Century 95
Georgian London 97
Harriet Walter on Fanny Dashwood 99
Fanny Dashwood and King Lear's Daughters 101
QUIZ: Who Said That? Great Lines from Jane Austen's Novels 102
Elinor Dashwood: Governor of Her Own Feelings 104
The Madness of Marianne 106
Cowper and Crabbe 108
Lucy Steele 109
Sexy Men 109
Weddings 111
Pride and Prejudice 113
The Famous First Sentence 115
The Publication History of Pride and Prejudice 115
Primogeniture and Entailment 117
Accomplishments and Eligibility 117
Veronica Leahy on Conduct Literature 119
Walking 122
QUIZ: Do Appearances Deceive? 124
Fay Weldon on Jane Austen 126
Clergymen: Ridiculous and Sublime 128
Mr. Bennet 129
The Liveliness of Your Mind 131
Darcy and Pemberley 134
Jane Bennet 135
Elizabeth Bennet 136
Mary Bennet 137
Dr. Samuel Johnson 138
Mansfield Park 140
The Unbearable Loneliness of Being Fanny Price 143
The Servant Problem 143
Mark Conroy on Jane Austen's Popularity 145
Chawton: An Intense Burst of Writing 147
Anna Massey 150
QUIZ: Food in Jane Austen 151
T. Coraghessan Boyle 152
Home Theatricals: Lovers' Vows 154
Phoebe Spinrad on Mothers and Fathers in Austen's Novels 155
The British Empire 159
Fanny Wars 161
Squalor in Portsmouth 163
Emma 165
"Handsome, Clever, and Rich" 168
Joan Wolf on the Regency Period 170
Judith Martin: "Miss Manners" on Jane Austen 174
Who Is Vulgar and How to Avoid Vulgarity 176
Ten Surefire Ways to Be Vulgar 179
Mrs. Goddard's School 181
A Fling at the Slave Trade 182
"Caro Sposo" 184
On Becoming a Governess 184
Is Emma Gay? 186
Why Does Frank Churchill Change His Name? 187
What Is a Natural Child? 188
Edith Lank on Jane Austen 189
Edith Lank: A Theory on Harriet Smith's Parentage 191
Mr. Woodhouse 193
Phyllida Law on Mrs. Bates 194
Prunella Scales on Miss Bates 196
Nieces and Nephews 197
Persuasion 200
Marlene Longenecker on Jane Austen and Feminism 202
QUIZ: Reading and Readers in Jane Austen 204
Jan Fergus on Whiners and Complainers 206
Sir Walter Elliot 208
Class 209
The Baronetage and the Peerage 211
Mrs. Smith 212
Jane Smiley on Jane Austen 213
The Famous Final Sentence of Persuasion 216
Sanditon: The Final Year 219
Nineteenth-Century Wellville 220
Hypochondriacs 221
The Circulating Library 222
QUIZ: Illnesses and Hypochondria 224
Sir Edward Denham, Bart 225
What Jane Austen Earned from Her Books During Her Lifetime 227
Jane Austen's Illness and Death 227
Cassandra's Conflagration 228
Some Dissenting Views on Jane Austen 230
John McAleer on Ancestry and Biography 232
Part III The Legacy 235
Jane Austen in the Twentieth Century 237
The Janeites 237
Jennifer Crusie on Jane Austen as the Mother of the Modern Romance Novel 240
Soap Opera Divas on Jane Austen 242
Alton Abbey and Jane Austen Retreats 243
Elsa Solender on the Jane Austen Society of North America 244
All About JASNA 247
The Annual General Meeting of JASNA 248
Cyber Jane: Austen Sites on the Internet 250
Dramatizations of the Novels 250
Emily Auerbach: The Courage to Write--Women Novelists and Poets 252
Tobacco Cards: Jane Austen Is Gaining on Ty Cobb 254
Jane Austen Books: A Bookstore 255
Film Adaptations 256
Linda Mizejewski on Austen and the Woman's Film 256
Linda Troost and Sayre Greenfield on Jane Austen in Hollywood 258
Feature Films and Video Adaptations: A Selection 260
Douglas McGrath on His Film Emma 267
Continuations, Sequels, and Spin-offs 270
Julia Barrett on Jane Austen Sequels 271
Stephanie Barron on Jane Austen as Detective 272
Sequels and Spin-offs: A Select List 275
Bibliography 279
Barry Roth, Bibliographer of Jane Austen Studies 279
Select Bibliography 281
Periodicals 284
Interviews 285
Answers to Quizzes 287
Index 291
Illustration Credits 299
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