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Jane Austen: An Illustrated Treasury

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by Rebecca Dickson
     
 

In the minds of fans and scholars alike, Jane Austen has never grown old. Now more than ever, Jane Austen is a presence in pop culture—a major accomplishment for someone who published her books anonymously all her life. Who was Jane Austen? We have only a couple of sketches and letters to tell us about her, but from this slim thread hangs a library’s

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In the minds of fans and scholars alike, Jane Austen has never grown old. Now more than ever, Jane Austen is a presence in pop culture—a major accomplishment for someone who published her books anonymously all her life. Who was Jane Austen? We have only a couple of sketches and letters to tell us about her, but from this slim thread hangs a library’s worth of speculation, including countless Hollywood interpretations of her life and her books.

 

Jane Austen: An Illustrated Treasury takes you inside the author’s world—the hardships she faced, the loves she lost, and the keen sense of irony that kept her going. Fully illustrated with Regency-era artwork, the book also explains key aspects of life in Austen’s time.

This treasury also contains removable reproductions of many important documents, including a handwritten letter from Jane to her sister Cassandra, pages from the rough draft of Persuasion, and a quirky “History of England” written by Jane as a schoolgirl and illustrated by her sister. These special features, combined with the insightful narrative and evocative images, make Jane Austen: An Illustrated Treasury an intimate and unique experience for anyone who appreciates the timeless significance of her work.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781435104686
Publisher:
Sterling
Publication date:
09/22/2008
Pages:
157
Product dimensions:
8.86(w) x 11.26(h) x 0.93(d)

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Jane Austen 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
janeeyre01 More than 1 year ago
If you are a Jane Austen fan then this is the book to add to your collection. Lots of neat facts and pictures. Lots of extras that you could possibly frame in a shadow box and it would be nice. Again this is a good gift for the person who loves Jane Austen. I give it 5 stars!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This "illustrated treasury" by Rebecca Dickson is wonderful. It is an in depth review of Jane Austen's six books: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion. I love all of these novels and found out even more of the background behind them and what Jane Austen was probably thinking while writing them. The removable letters and drafts add so much to the treasury's depth. I would highly recommend this book to any Jane Austen enthusiast or anyone wanting to find out more about her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing! It really gives insight to each Jane Austen book. It certainly gave me better understanding of Persuasion after having resently read it.
Evannevitz More than 1 year ago
Rebecca Dickson¿s book on Jane Austen is fun and informative, especially for Austen beginners like me. It¿s also a very easy book to read, and it¿s amusing
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Rafaela More than 1 year ago
This very nice volume is feminine, insightful, touching and yet very well written, researched and full of fresh information about the author and her period. The addition of copies of letters, pictures and other memorabilia is very effective and gives the reader a real and personal connection to a cherished and much beloved author. It is like touching history! I felt a connection to Jane like never before. This pretty volume gives the reader a rare opportunity to have a much deeper understanding of the author as a person and her characters as real people in real time, creating an even higher appreciation for Jane as a sophisticated and independent woman as well as a creative author, who is, at the same time, firmly rooted in and far ahead of her time. Highly recommended for the romantic and realist alike!!!
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Laurel_Ann More than 1 year ago
Has Jane Austen risen to a major pop-culture presence? Author Rebecca Dickson confidently thinks so, and her thoughtfully researched and beautifully illustrated new edition Jane Austen: An Illustrated Treasury is quite a persuasive testament. Any doubting Thomas' will be hard pressed to argue against the evidence skillfully presented in this volume. Not only are the carefully chosen Regency era images complementary to her expertly written text, the overall friendly and visually appealing design and its incredible value place it as my number one choice of Jane Austen inspired books of 2008.

Surprisingly, this volume is not just a fluffy image gallery packed with pretty pictures. Rebecca Dickson is an Austen scholar and instructor of writing and literature at the University of Colorado at Boulder with a doctorate in English Literature with a specialty in eighteenth-century writers. A professed Austen enthusiast since reading Pride and Prejudice in High School, Dickson has written an inspiring tribute to her favorite author geared to the everyman reader. Her style is open and engaging and I never once felt the scholarly mantle descend to befuddle the text. The opening introduction and short biography are followed by six chapters devoted to each of Jane Austen's major novels: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion. Within each novel chapter, Dickson not only discusses the novel's plot, characters, highlights and impact on classic literature, but places it in context to Jane Austen's life and her times. In the chapter on Pride and Prejudice for instance, she has included its publishing evolution from first draft in 1797 as First Impressions, to Austen's father's failed attempt at publication, to its final acceptance and publication sixteen years later in 1813, interweaving the changes in Austen's life and her financial situation adding impact and interest. Interspersed throughout the chapter are quotes from the text acting like 'fact bites' emphasizing important points. The images selected stunningly present illustrations from Austen's novels by the late Victorian artists Hugh Thomson, C.E. and H.M. Brock, vintage paintings and contemporary movie stills. The surprise bonus is removable reproductions of actual documents ranging from copies of handwritten letters by Jane Austen to a page of the rough draft of Persuasion.

My one disappointment (and it is a trifle) is in the cover design which is adequately pretty, but has nothing to do with Jane Austen, nor adds any Regency era feel or interest to entice buyers to open, explore and purchase this book. Given the length of thoughtful research and numerous images included in this glorious edition, one hopes that buyers will truly not judge its value by its cover. Highly giftable as an introduction to Jane Austen or as a tribute to the indoctrinated Janeite, reading this lovely volume will leave few in doubt of Jane Austen's position as pop-culture icon and literary genius.

Laurel Ann, Austenprose
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PassionateAustenite More than 1 year ago
I think this book is a crucial part of any true Austen fan library!
One_B-N_Fan More than 1 year ago
I reviewed but didn't read the book in depth, as it was a gift. My friend LOVED it. She is a true Jane Austen fan. It was chocked full of wonderful information and presented in an interesting and eye-pleasing manner. I only wish someone would give it to me as a gift!!