Remarkably Jane: Notable Quotations on Jane Austen

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The wit of Jane Austen has for partner the perfection of her taste." ?Virginia Woolf, 1925 "It wasn't really me that everyone went crazy about? it was the character [Fitzwilliam Darcy], who'd been around for a couple of centuries." ?Colin Firth, 1997 "Every time I read Pride and Prejudice I want to dig her up and hit her over the skull with her own shin-bone." ?Mark Twa in, 1898 "For those of us who suspect all the mysteries of life are contained in the microcosm of the family, that personal relationships ...

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The wit of Jane Austen has for partner the perfection of her taste." —Virginia Woolf, 1925 "It wasn't really me that everyone went crazy about— it was the character [Fitzwilliam Darcy], who'd been around for a couple of centuries." —Colin Firth, 1997 "Every time I read Pride and Prejudice I want to dig her up and hit her over the skull with her own shin-bone." —Mark Twa in, 1898 "For those of us who suspect all the mysteries of life are contained in the microcosm of the family, that personal relationships prefigure all else, the work of Jane Austen is the Rosetta stone of literature." —Anna Quindlen, 1995

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All these extracts possess enthusiasm and insight that will send any reader of Austen back into her novels to ponder anew at the skill, tenacity, and caliber of her writing. This book is a slice of rich cake, a fine friendship token, and a wonderful way to start a conversation.
— Mark David Bradshaw
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All these extracts … possess enthusiasm and insight that will send any reader of Austen back into her novels to ponder anew at the skill, tenacity, and caliber of her writing. This book is a slice of rich cake, a fine friendship token, and a wonderful way to start a conversation.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423604785
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 1/5/2009
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 4.70 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Jennifer Adams

Jennifer Adams is the author of more than two dozen books, including the board books in the bestselling BabyLit series, which introduce small children to the world of classic literature..

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To those of us who love Jane Austen, she is like the brightness of burnished silver. Something lovely, with sparkle, that makes our world more beautiful. I adore her. I love the pleasure she gives with a wellturned line, the way she can make you actually laugh out loud, the bite of her sarcasm, how she lets you fall in love again and again.

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Table of Contents

Contents Acknowledgments 6

Why We Love Jane 7

The Art of Writing 13

Why Jane Austen? 33

On Human Nature 39

On Love, Sex, & Marriage 47

Jane Austen as a Modernist 57

Jane Austen's Characters 63

Reader Response 73

Mild Praise 85

Effusive Praise 93

Criticism & Condemnation 107

Sources 119

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  • Posted March 16, 2009

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    Simply a treasure!

    What makes Jane Austen's writing so extraordinary? Why is she considered by many to be one of the greatest authors in the English language? What does our esteem, or our abhorrence of her reveal about ourselves, and our culture?

    In Remarkable Jane: Notable Quotations on Jane Austen, one hundred personalities from actors to intellectuals have their say on literature's queen of wit and style offering their own pithy, impassioned and often candid insights on what makes Jane Austen so special and how she influenced their own writing and lives. If you thought that you had already read most of the famous quotes on Austen over the years, then you just might be surprised by what author and editor Jennifer Adams has selected. Here are a few of my favorites to give you a teaser.

    Admirers

    "There are some writers who wrote too much. There are others who wrote enough. There are yet others who wrote nothing like enough to satisfy their admirers, and Jane Austen is certainly one of these." Margaret Drabble, 1974, Novelist

    "How did this early-nineteenth-century novelist become the chick-lit, chick-flick queen for today? It is not only because she is an enduring writer. So is Melville, but bumper stickers and T-shirts read "What would Jane do?" not "What would Herman do?" Caryn James, 2007, Film Critic of the New York Times

    Nay-sayers

    "Jane Austen? I feel I am approaching dangerous ground. The reputation of Jane Austen is surrounded by cohorts of defenders who are ready to do murder for their sacred cause." Arnold Bennett, 1927, Literary Critic

    "The function of the British army in the novels of Jane Austen is to look cute at parties." Salmon Rushdie, 2005, Novelist, Political Figure

    Since the first reviews of Austen's novels appeared in the early nineteenth-century, people have been talking about her - good and bad - leaving a rich field of research for author and editor Jennifer Adams to select from. Here she gives us a glimpse of the most famous and well quoted remarks over the centuries and some totally modern and fresh views from contemporary sources that I was not aware of. Included are an interesting mix of prominent scholars, actors, directors and fellow writers such as Helen Fielding, Ang Lee, Colin Firth, Andrew Davies, Emma Thompson, Karen Joy Fowler, Oscar Wilde, Stephanie Meyer, Mark Twain, Andy Rooney, and Charlotte Bronte. The list is quite impressive, giving due deference to this talented writer. Interestingly, I also found a new nugget of wisdom included in the forward by the author herself.

    "To those of us who love Jane Austen, she is like the brightness of burnished silver. Something lovely, with sparkle, that makes our world more beautiful. I adore her. I love the pleasure she gives with a well-turned line, the way she can make you actually laugh out loud, the bite of her sarcasm, how she lets you fall in love again and again." Jennifer Adams

    Not only is Remarkable Jane packed full of illuminating insights, it is presented in a stunningly beautiful gift quality volume with exquisite black and white illustrations reminiscent of Regency drawings, skillfully honoring and acknowledging one of the most beloved and influential English novelists of all time. For sheer joy of laughter and awe, Jennifer Adams has given us a treasure.

    Laurel Ann, Austenprose

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