Comprehensive in its scope, ambitious in its aims.
-- Terry Castle, Stanford University
This is an important, well-written book that makes a number of bold claims about Austen's work.
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William Deresiewicz makes an elegant case for the idea that Jane Austen's encounter with the Romantic poets revolutionized her understanding of human existence. The complexity and wisdom of her late novels spring from a new conception of time, marginality, and loss that is thoroughly Romantic.
William Deresiewicz's finely written and brilliantly conceived exploration of the influence of the romantic poets on Jane Austen addresses with extraordinary historical precision and critical sensitivity an issue which up to now in Austen studies has only been touched on. I am delighted that someone has addressed the issue more fully at last. Deresiewicz's nuanced and complex readings will deepen the ways we have understood Austen's last three novels and revitalize the larger question of Austen's relations with her literary contemporaries. This is a extraordinarily eloquent and original book, a joy to read, one of the most significant studies of Austen's work to have come along. It will have a major influence on future directions in Austen studies.
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William Deresiewicz is an associate professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at Yale University. He has written for a variety of publications, including The New York Times Book Review, the Nation, and the London Review of Books.
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